"Dreams of the

Nearness World"

2014 - Present

My work has long been about honoring those who move unheralded through our world, about trying to truly ‘see’ them – to pass through their eyes and move down soft into their soul; to depict them with grace, respect, love and dignity.

Over the years an assortment of abandoned and largely anonymous 19th and early 20th century photographs - tinypes, cabinet cards, photo postcards, and the like - of people of color have tumbled into my hands, via thrift shops and flea markets. ​

Sometimes indifferently-composed and occasionally shoddily printed, the studio's poor professional work can seem sadly at odds with the earnestness, serious formality, and the Sunday-go-to-meeting dress of the women (and occasional male) who comprise their principal subject. It's long been my desire to honor these folk who saved up hard-earned coin, hoping for

Adam the Conjurer
Adam the Conjurer

The tree from whence we came
The tree from whence we came

Alice Looks Back
Alice Looks Back

Adam the Conjurer
Adam the Conjurer

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a fair return on their investment: a permanent record of their passing through this world. Scanning the assorted images at high resolution, enlarging their engaging faces to life-size, and staring into their eyes, I've tried to gaze down deep inside. These dream images are the poetic result of my journeying through these black backwoods....