There is a storage facility on the north side of Pittsburgh that was built by an ex-fireman. On the third floor of the facility is a row of old, heavy, steel file cabinets. There are about 100 drawers in all. Each drawer contains about 8-10 folders - each one containing a complete assignment. Most of the assignments were done in the 90’s. All are film.
Through the years when I would visit Pittsburgh to see my family, I would make some time to visit the archive of my work. Often the visits would be extremely short. It was overwhelming. It was the past. I couldn’t dig in. In the past couple of years, the visits have become a bit longer. Each drawer full of stories and adventures I had often forgotten. Slowly, I became friends with the images. At first I would pull the folders out and hold the transparencies up to the dim fluorescent lights in storage. The next year I would bring a light box and a loupe and hang out a bit more with my old friends. Maybe even take some home.
Finally Stephie (my wife) started encouraging me to do something I had never been interested in doing — making some prints and sharing them with the world. It was all too close for me. I am so wired to live in the moment — and look forward — that to frame a moment from the past seemed like something I could never do. Then Stephie started bringing these images to life and they felt as alive as at the shootings where I first made them, only now the whole experience is much easier to share.
But wait - I have been shooting almost every day of my life before and since these images were taken. We will be adding more images as we keep digging. Check out the images taken with Meadow Lark Farm Dinners in Boulder the past few summers. At their farm-to-table dinners, I put my camera down deep into what is being cooked. I crawl down near the roots in the fields. Sometimes when I look at my lens halfway through the night, it is a mess of everything I have submerged it in, but so is my shirt, so when I try cleaning it, everything just smears.
And I didn't even mention my archives that I store in Colorado... which is all to say, JOIN THE FUN! Check out the prints on the website and imagine how beautiful the large prints would be to live with. I am overseeing the printing — signing, titling and even personalizing the prints if you like. For now we are offering the prints unframed or framed. Celebrity images are offered with a black frame, the Meadow Lark Farm Dinners images offered with a white frame. If you are interested in oversized prints or have any questions, just contact our studio. Purchasing prints gets you membership into the club with me and some of my favorite old friends.