Bash Bish Falls, Massachusetts, 1971
These photographs were made between the late 1960s and early 1980s. They feature people deeply absorbed in their thoughts or by their surroundings. They reflect a range of expressions—concern, curiosity, puzzlement, tranquility, apprehension, sadness, joy, worry, wonder. I have long been drawn to the way people can lose themselves in the moment. Time stands still.
Something is revealed. I have been lucky that these contemplations have occurred in my presence, fortunate that the people I have photographed—many of whom I have known, others complete strangers—have been able to relax in the presence of the camera, without self consciousness or pretension. It is their gift to themselves and to me.