I've always been curious about people, but somewhat shy. Initially, taking pictures made it easier for me to strike up a conversation with total strangers. A camera is a little like a visa - the stamp in the passport that grants one access to exotic places. It gives you a reason for being somewhere. Camera in hand, I could approach people whose background and circumstances often varied dramatically - sometimes, cinematically from my own seemingly dull, middle class suburban upbringing.
I take pictures in order to understand and articulate something about the world in which we live. My photographs reflect my point of view, my sense of humor, and my compassion for people.