My Grandpa was an avid amateur photographer and after he retired in the 1980’s, he gave me my first Konica point-and-shoot camera. I don’t know when exactly, but I started a ritual with Grandpa of photographing our feet everywhere we went, as if to say, “We were here!" It struck a cord and continued for years, long before I was making my living as a photographer.
Our feet connect us to the earth; they are our chief source of grounding. In thinking about an visual narrative for the project that was more complex than just photos of my or anyone else's feet, I began to shape it by looking beyond the graphic elements of light, color & composition and focus intently on the 'unseen' narrative. “What is the story?” was always the boomerang question... riding the line between personal & universal themes.
My first real mentor as an actor was Paul Sills, the legendary improvasational theater director and founder of The Second City, who used to say, when actors were stuck in a improvised scene, “Get out of your head and feel your Feet!”