Happy Hog Rot?  An anagram for “photography”,  discovered with great merriment by my then-elementary-school-age daughter.

This site is started out to be mostly about photography, a sort of metaphotography site on photographs, photographers and topics that attract my attention.  A little lot of my own work is thrown in from time to time, particularly old discoveries in my negative or other archives that have never been previously printed or published.

After a thirty-year absence from pursuing “serious” photography, I took up digital a few years ago, mostly in an attempt to document the astounding pace at which my children are growing up. Ironically, they usually resist being subjects of my efforts. But they are still the ongoing focus of my attention, whether I have a camera in hand or not.


Notable Influences and Guides I Have Known/Worked/Studied With

Other Influences and Inspirations

    • Eugene Atget [1] [2]
    • Bill Brandt [1] [2]
    • Brassai [1] [2]
    • Harry Callahan
    • Anton Corbijn [1] [2]
    • Robert Frank [1] [2]
    • Eikoh Hosoe
    • Andre Kertesz [1] [2]
    • Jacques Henri Lartigue [1] [2]
    • Daido Moriyama [1] [2]
    • Ikko Narahara [1] [2]
    • Man Ray
    • Eva Rubinstein
    • Edward Steichen
    • Alfred Stieglitz [1] [2]
    • Paul Strand
    • Deborah Turbeville [1] [2]
    • and many more, as well as almost everything I experience or imagine … such as film noir, the work of Ingmar Bergman/Sven Nykvist, Orson Welles and others, including David Lynch.  And artists more noted for painting, like Edward Hopper, Otto Dix, Anselm Kiefer, and many more, as well as the abstract expressionists.  Not to mention the hours spent with Japanese-language photo and art books and magazines that I found in Little Tokyo (downtown L.A.) shops in the 60s and 70s, plus having a Japanese artist and her Mexican-American painter husband as neighbors and close friends when I was just beginning …