If I had to encapsulate my feeling towards photography, it is that I am fascinated by things in transition and that, if anything, all I would like to do is record that image. I am often drawn to landscapes that are in flux, in the intermediate stage of before and after. This is especially true of the urban landscape. This is why I started taking pictures of Los Angeles as a long-term project, to capture it in its changes over my lifetime. I am fascinated with the shadows of time and the layers that are revealed through the process of deconstruction. I certainly do not consider myself a photographer, but I have been taking photographs my whole life. I was started with a Nikon EM that I acquired when I was 14. In architecture school, I had access to some decent cameras and a black and white darkroom which I used frequently, but it was not until I was 28 when I bought a Nikon F3 that I began taking photographs in a more organized way. I had a friend who would tell me what film to shoot on. I would shoot only that until he would tell me to change. When I started shooting with a Mamiya 7II, a rangefinder is where I really started to learn how to make sure I was getting the exposure that I wanted in a fully manual way. This was important, as everything about it was expensive. This went on until digital took over, and the film became a nonissue.
I love the works of the Bechers and Candida Höfer. If I had more desire for diligence, which is not my direction, I would shoot with a 4 X 5, rectify my perspective lines, and work in that vein. That is not what I am after, all of my photographs have really been about just learning the mechanics, and finding things I like to do this with is how I end up taking the pictures.