Welcome and thanks for looking. This You Tube clip is about the famous Japanese street photographer Daido Moriyama. His photo of a “Stray Dog” is quite famous and has become a sort of symbol for him. I have liked and appreciated this image for a long time. I was recently sorting my images and came across a photo I made one snowy afternoon on Watauga River road. It sort of reminded me of Daido’s dog picture so I combined them into a diptych. Diptych’s are something I have been thinking about recently.I liked it even better that way and then I decided to look further into Moriyama and this photo. That is summarized in a new Post.

I like pictures, stories, and pictures that tell stories. I think any decent photograph tells us at least a fragment of a story. I am especially interested in the concept of place and a sense of place. I started thinking about this in a more serious fashion about ten years ago. My interest was spurred by my realization that I had no sense of place and really had never had one.
I am also interested in the history of photography, really history in general as reflected in photography. I taught this for seven years and it was a successful and well subscribed course. Sort of one of those things one falls into due to academic needs of the department. This blog will provide me the impetus to keep thinking and writing about things photographic from an historical and cultural perspective.

I am a retired MD, and a retired photography instructor. In this site/blog I hope to show some photographs and tell some stories–most will be related, but not all. I have had the good fortune to travel a fair amount, I am keenly interested in people and the documentary process. I hope to post some of my old essays, write some new ones, and supplement that with some photographs in this blog. It seems a good thing to do in retirement. Get started by clicking on “Photoblog” above.