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
  • 19th Century pistol on black background
  • Native American artwork made of wood and glass
  • Native American drum and striker
  • woman's head carved from ivory or bone
  • Native American jewelry
  • blue fan with gold details
  • box containing nine blue eggs
  • Native American mask on black background.
  • reading glasses on gradated background
  • yellowed flower pressed in book
  • book cover showing two pieces of Native American artwork
  • variety of athletic equipment
  • Japanese ivory artwork showing mother and child
  • antique rifle with engraved wood
  • Native American mask with green skin and straw hair
  • dramatically lit bird skull
  • tiny model of a man smoking a pipe on a keyboard
  • arrangement of small pink shells
  • spiral pattern on a prehistoric sea shell