I like to approach photographing an object as the intersection of both what it is, and why it is.
That is, what does this object mean to the person who made it? Or the person it was made for? Or is it the product of its own evolution, and takes on the meaning we give to it?
In a way, it’s a little like being an archeologist, or maybe a detective, piecing together an idea about a person from the traces they leave. Unlike either of them, however, I often have the advantage of being able to speak directly with the creators themselves.
Maybe the best aspect of photographing objects, for me, is that it allows me to actually touch history. I’ve photographed the revolver used to assassinate President McKinley in 1901, a letter signed by Stalin, Native American ceremonial regalia passed down through generations… things most people only ever see behind glass. It’s quite a privilege.
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Native American
  • close up showing detail of an antique shotgun
  • woman's head carved from ivory or bone
  • Native American mask with green skin and straw hair
  • Native American drum and striker
  • ornately engraved double barreled shotgun
  • reading glasses on gradated background
  • variety of multi-colored butterflies
  • box containing nine blue eggs
  • dramatically lit bird skull
  • spiral pattern on a prehistoric sea shell
  • arrangement of small pink shells
  • blue fan with gold details
  • yellowed flower pressed in book
  • antique rifle with engraved wood
  • tiny model of a man smoking a pipe on a keyboard
  • variety of athletic equipment
  • 19th Century pistol on black background
  • Japanese ivory artwork showing mother and child
  • Native American jewelry
  • Native American mask on black background.