"You captured a serious look, but you also managed to define a determined gaze. The guy in your photo looks like he has some paintings left to make."
- Painter, Jim Morphesis
The Road Taken, The Artist and Longevity.
When I look in the mirror, the wear and tear of my life as an artist is hard to miss, but I still see that passion right there. I have come to realize creativity might evolve and mature but it does not age. And, there is so much more work for me to create.
After working almost 50 years, I began reflecting on my journey in photography – how I started my photographic career and discovering the magic that photography had to offer. It is a journey that once I started I never looked back, it became a part of who I am and remains so. As I was thinking about that young photographer and the photographer I am today, how I have changed, how the medium has changed, these questions became the inspiration for the project. What about other artists who have come to this point in their careers? How do they feel about it?
As each of us deals with the complex and gradual process of aging everything changes most obvious how we look and yet much of who we are is irrevocable, our creativity for one. As I have been primarily a portrait artist all these years I decided to concentrate on the face of the artist. After all, the face is a revealing marker of a life, I believe our faces tell much of our story. As I set out to encounter and photograph artists of all disciplines, my hope is to tell the story of the artist and celebrate their longevity, as they continue to create and challenge themselves with courage and independence.
“Aging can be ambiguous, dynamic, wise, uncontaminated and even refined.”
- George Negroponti
“Beauty is about truth not perfection. People can empathize with scars, wrinkles and lines, which add up to the semblance of a lifetime.”
- Auguste Rodin
“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”
- Lauren Bacall