In 1982, I left behind 5 years as a photographer with the Kamehameha Schools to switch careers and move into broadcast video at KGMB, the local Hawai'i CBS affiliate. At the time, the station and it's production arm, Hawai'i Production Center, maintained the highest standards for quality and integrity. That's where I wanted to be! So, I put down my Nikons, stopped shooting stills, and dove into video production. That is, until a trip to Tokyo in 2012, where I went from timid vacationer to passionate documentarian in nothing flat! Then, after a couple of documentary film trips to Future Light Orphanage in Phnom Penh, I went back, alone, with my trusty still camera. For nine days, I immersed myself in the city. I adopted a set of boundaries that would define the work: one camera, one lens, black and white, square. Working as a photojournalist in Phnom Penh gave me a new frame of reference. The social documentary is the same, whether cinema verité or stills.
People of other cultures living their everyday lives fascinate me, and I want to share my observations. The act of shooting on the street helps me see the extraordinary in the ordinary, helps me to more fully experience a place. I work to capture the spontaneous, un-self conscious actions of people. While much of my work could be considered street photography, some street purists might not. (After a subject discovers that I am there, I might hang around and keep shooting: a no-no!) That’s fine with me— if the image moves you in some way, labels don’t matter.
I am available for assignments throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Please contact me for more information.
"Rice Ladies" Chaom Chao, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A few of the clients who, across the span of many years, trusted me to deliver when they needed outstanding storytelling.