Q. Your UCSB
exhibition is called "Images with a Global View in Mind." What
does that mean? A. That's my way of saying you should look at life
with a broad perspective. As a photographer, you always find yourself
in unique situations, and you have to in with an open mind.
Q. What have you learned on the job?
A. One time, I went and photographed the Vatican Observatory outside Tucson.
It kind of gives you a new perspective on life, and the value of our little
planet in the whole scheme of things. I was talking to the
astronomers about how they relate to their families after viewing the
galaxies all day long. They said the small things in life, the personal
relationships, are what they end up valuing.
Q. What's your favorite image in the exhibition?
A. I went with a youth group to an African (-modeled) village in Beaufort,
S.C., put together by African Americans who practice the Yuroba religion.
At the moment we entered the compound, a king's ceremony was being
performed. I turned around and the look on everyone's face was astonishment,
so I took that photograph.
Q. Is it true you play drums around town in the Stiff Pickle Orchestra?
A. I look at drums and my camera both as percussion instruments. Photography
is all about timing, getting in the rhythm of what's in front of you so
you can click the shutter at just the right moment.
By Starshine Roshell, News-Press Staff Writer