I was trained as a psychiatric social worker and worked in that field since the late 1980s. I have been practicing portrait photography since the early 1990s as well. It has always been my experience that when practiced well, there is a remarkable resonance between these two arts.

I have found that the best photographs, like the best therapy, occur when I don't talk too much, when I engage my subjects with unconditional acceptance and love, when I let go of my desire for a particular result and take my direction from the life that is presented to me.

My goal is not to record the glaring beauty that turns every head but to pause long enough that the quiet beauty, that waits almost invisible everywhere one turns, of experience, sadness, kindness, will be revealed.

Thank you very much for your interest. Please contact me directly regarding print purchases or to arrange a photographic session.

ward shortridge

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I think you like the black and white approach more than the color photographs. And I believe you have done some great work in this category of black and white photography. The studio and the Portland albums are the two that I loved the most in you albums.
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12.Carolyn Fischer(non-registered)
I am also a professional photographer and hung out in Dupont Circle from about 1981 to 2000. I knew the punks in the 1980s and the bike messengers in the 1990s. I married one! I also am an old friend of Tim and Jody--two people you photographerd. Amazingly, you actually photographed me too! You have me listed as "A Retired Bike Messenger." I never was one but I was with them constantly. I love the photograph--thank you. I shoot with B&W infrared often. I refuse to go the digital route-still shooting film and now shooting mostly medium format.
11.Cedrick Burkman(non-registered)
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