I'm a writer (novelist and screenwriter), musician, adjunct university instructor and amateur photographer. Most of the time, I shoot film—35mm, 120mm (6x6 and 6x7), and large-format (4"x5")—which I process myself. I have nothing against digital—I just prefer the way film looks.

I work with existing light.

Except for the generous advice of some accomplished photographers and one black-and-white darkroom class at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, I'm self-taught, still experimenting, still learning.

Among the many, many photographers whose work knocks me out are Ruth Bernhard, Judy Dater, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, Bill Brandt, Robert Frank, René Groebli, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Atget, Brassaï, Tina Modotti, Lee Friedman, Gary Winogrand, Martin Munkácsi, and Diane Arbus—and of course Henri Cartier-Bresson. I hasten to add that I'm well aware that I'm nowhere near being in their league.

Gear:

Canon 7D

Canon EOS 3 35mm with a 50mm f/1.2 lens

Mamiya C330 medium-format with either an 80mm f/2.8 or 135mm f/4.5 lens

Mamiya RZ67 Pro II medium-format with 110mm f/2.8 lens

Graphlex Crown Graphic large-format (4 x 6) with 135mm f/4.7 lens

Pentax 645N medium-format with either a 75mm f/2.8 lens or 150mm f/2.8 lens

Gossen Digisix Light Meter