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
  • variety of multi-colored butterflies
  • arrangement of small pink shells
  • Japanese ivory artwork showing mother and child
  • close up showing detail of an antique shotgun
  • Native American drum and striker
  • Native American mask with green skin and straw hair
  • book cover showing two pieces of Native American artwork
  • box containing nine blue eggs
  • antique rifle with engraved wood
  • 19th Century pistol on black background
  • Native American artwork made of wood and glass
  • yellowed flower pressed in book
  • ornately engraved double barreled shotgun
  • variety of athletic equipment
  • Native American mask on black background.
  • dramatically lit bird skull
  • woman's head carved from ivory or bone
  • Native American jewelry