I am known primarily as a video artist. Most of my videos are designed for gallery installations. They usually don't work as web videos so I'm including By the Numbers, completed in 2018, which is designed to be shown at festivals and can be viewed below.
I'm also including works from Trying to Paint with a Camera, a two part compilation video with usually shortened versions of my experimental work. Part 1, 1978 to 2003, is work in standard definition video. Part 2, 2011 to 2018, is work in high definition video.
I like to think of my video works as minimalist documentary experiments that challenge mainstream conceptions of documentary filmmaking. I work with long takes and almost no editing other than the addition of slow motion. I have no interest in music, voice over, fast paced editing, or any other techniques that make up the vocabulary of commercial filmmaking. These works are best viewed in an architectural setting on a large screen or as a projection. Like a painting, I want these works to be meditative experiences viewed over time with repeated viewings. I like to think of these pieces as animated documentary photographs- sequential still images from the real world of people in public spaces.
I'm interested in photography and filmmaking as analytical tools. Like the 19th Century pioneers Eadweard Muybridge and E.J. Marey, I take sequential photographs with the goal of making discoveries- understanding my subjects by what is revealed in the process. The resulting slow motion images are somewhere between still photography and cinema- images that are both kinetic and contemplative. These images are also somewhere between science and art, existing as both objective records and interpretive constructions of the external world of people and events.