The Image of the Body: People

We live in our bodies: we work, exercise, play, and make love with our bodies. Within each person's body there is an inner world of feeling that includes a history of relationships with others; memories; and thoughts about the future. Photographs of people can capture something of that inner world.

Of the photographs on this page, a few are of works of art. The rest are photographs of actual, living people. All except twelve were taken by me. Of those some are B&W and vintage images. Others were contributed by friends. In the digital age, it is possible to combine separate images to create new "realities" and I have done that in a few instances.

But the photograph is only the first step in a process that is completed when the mind and body of the viewer respond to the picture with memory, thought, and feeling.

In keeping with the theme of this website, the majority of the photographs on this page are of men. However, fourteen include both women and men, sixteen are of women alone, and four have children as their subject. Most of the photographs were taken on the streets and in the parks, museums--and subways--of New York City; some were taken on a nearby university campus, while some were taken in other parts of the country; both France and the Philippines are also represented.

How to look at the pictures:

You can select the thumbnail that you would like to see in a larger size by clicking on it. When you have finished looking at it, you can click on any part of the screen that is outside the picture, or scroll to the bottom of the picture and click on the "Close" button.

OR: Once you've expanded a photo, you can use the forward arrow on your keyboard to go the next picture in the sequence or the back arrow to return to the former picture.

OR: You can click on the "Slideshow" button at right and see all the pictures--in full size--in an automatic slide show. Each picture will appear on the screen for about four seconds. However, you can pause the progression at any time by clicking the "Pause" symbol at the bottom of the screen, and then clicking on the center "Play" arrow to resume the slideshow. There are also forward and back arrows if you want to skip a picture or return to the previous picture. The slideshow will resume when you click on the center "Play" arrow.