Since then, I have photographed on Metros in over a dozen cities on four continents pursuing this endeavor. I was selected as a 2012 CDS/Honickman First Book in Photography Prize Finalist for my Metro project. Ed Kashi was my mentor in the 2010 Lucie Foundation E-pprentice program, and he helped me edit and refine my Metro portfolio. When I saw that Ed was teaching a workshop in Paris, I thought it was only fitting that I should return to the place where this project began. The portfolio presented here is a mix of ten images I created before the Eyes in Progress workshop and ten images I captured during the workshop.
Artist Statement: Hold tight to your wallet, mind the gap and stand clear of the closing doors. Join me as we venture deep beneath the streets to explore metros in cities around the world. Using available light and a bit of serendipity, I endeavor to create compelling photographs that provide a glimpse into aspects of the human condition. Whenever I enter a metro station it feels as though I’m in a magnificent theater with a diverse cast of characters performing an unscripted play on an ever-changing stage. Even the most mundane activities may prove to be fascinating. The poetry of the street emerges when situations that are unexpected, mysterious, humorous or poignant unfold. An expressive gesture, a telling glance, a concealed mood or a hidden emotion may suddenly materialize and then vanish in a split-second. My candid photographs capture these fleeting moments as evocative, richly-layered images that invite the viewer to examine what has occurred and then to generate a unique personal narrative.
At a time when fewer of the images that we see on a routine basis are honest representations of real life, street photography opens a window to the world that actually surrounds us here and now.