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Scenes From Civic Life: United States

Masonic Lodge, Pennsylvania, 2003 Debutante Tea, Pennsylvania, 2006 Debutante Tea, Pennsylvania, 2006 Debutante Tea, Pennsylvania, 2006 Debutante Tea, Pennsylvania, 2006 Debutante Tea, Pennsylvania, 2006 Dallas-Ft. Worth Airport, Dallas, TX 			2003 Fenway Park, Boston, MA, 2004 Fireman’s Carnival, Hummelstown, PA, 2002 Fuzzy Few  Carnival, Hummelstown, PA, 2003 Transportation Center, Harrisburg, PA, 2003 Fireman’s Carnival, Hummelstown, PA, 2003 Theatre Line, Brooklyn, NY, 2003 Tucson Airport, Tucson, AZ, 2003 O’ Hare Airport, Chicago, IL, 2003 Reception, Gettysburg, PA, 2002 Mennonite Children, Beaver Springs, PA, 2002 Theater line, New York City, 2003 Reception, 2006

These photographs of domestic and civic life in the United States are my attempts to characterize, understand and give form to the society and culture in which I live and have been raised. In these, as in all my photos, I explore our existence as social animals through our interactions, institutions and constructions. I search for the new in the familiar and, with good luck and timing, I give form and expression to “the glimpse” and see daily life differently, freshly.

My greatest challenge photographing that which I live with everyday is to get beyond my desensitization to the familiar, the commonplace; to make pictures that heighten my own understanding of my time and place and, as a visual bard, enable others to achieve their own equally valid awareness.