Collections

Sunrise, 1970

I began photographing seriously while working with totally blind, developmentally disabled children in an institution in Austin, Texas. Those children were the most wonderful subjects to begin my life as a photographic artist.

Family/Jack, 1973 - 2010

Many photographers hone their craft by practicing on members of their own family. Jack lived his life with serious mental illness and died at the age of 44. He was a devoted and generous work partner in front of my lens. I am forever grateful for the many wonderful photographs he gave to me.

Fayetteville Townfolk, 1976 - 1981

My first major touring exhibit was a general demographic study of the rich diversity of people living in a small town in middle America. The completion and touring of this exhibit was funded by the Arkansas Endowment for the Humanities.

We Drew A Circle, 1981 - 1984

For three years I photographed all the different kinds of people who experience developmental disabilities – from the most serious to the moderate. This exhibit was also funded by the Arkansas Endowment For The Humanities. It was picked up and widely used by many nonprofit advocacy organizations.

Arkansas People, 1986-1987

This exhibit was part of Arkansas's sesquicentennial celebration. Its purpose was to show the wonderful diversity of all the people of this state. I photographed at over 15 different locations in Arkansas – from the mountains in the north to the Delta in the south.

Youth At Risk, 1988 - 1989

These photographs were commissioned by the Youth at Risk project in Little Rock which was funded by the Annie Casey Foundation. These images were used as a slideshow to educate teachers. They continue to be some of my most favorite pictures of all time. These incredibly vulnerable teenagers offered themselves to be photographed with a brutal but beautiful honesty.

St. Francis House, 1985, 1992 – 1993

St. Francis house provides a wide range of services to people in poverty in the Little Rock, Arkansas area. I photographed people being served as well as staff and volunteers there in the 80s and 90s. Many years later these photographs are still used to create empathy for our most vulnerable neighbors.

Agencies on Aging, 1988

These photographs were commissioned by the Arkansas Association Of Area Agencies on Aging. I photographed and interviewed 64 people at eight different locations all over Arkansas. These folks taught me so much about how to age with dignity, grace and a sense of humor. They all seemed to be actively engaged in being of service to their neighbors.

Healing Changes, 1991 – 1994

For three years I photographed people who were being treated for a wide variety of serious mental illnesses. I was deeply moved by the people I found in this population. In the end I felt called to include a picture of myself with these brothers and sisters in distress.

Honor the Child, 1995 – ongoing

The serious work of the child is fascinating to me both in itself and in its consequences as the formative agent in shaping the men and women that we all become. At an early age children are so totally honest in how they present themselves. No pretense for the serious photographer to have to get past.

Reluctance to Engage, 2011 - 2014

These are pictures of people who came for a free meal served at my church twice a week. Many of these people get nearly all of their food from free meals served at various churches in our communities. Their lives are shaped by the extreme poverty caused by mild to severe forms of chronic clinical paranoia. This is a condition shared by all of us – it is the elephant in the living room of America.

Nature Studies, etc., 1975 – ongoing

Occasionally I feel compelled to do something totally different with my camera. Usually I'm drawn to exploring either natural or abstract shapes and forms – or perhaps even lured into the world of color (which is totally different for an old black-and-white guy like myself). Although these photographs were made for pleasure, I find that they can and do elicit a powerful emotional response.