I consider myself a photojournalist and that means I tell stories about my community with the photographs I make.
To photograph means to write with light – the images I create and share reflect a moment in time where light bathed a scene, was reflected through a camera lens and then recorded. I do not add or subtract elements and I do not tone images to alter the appearance of the scene. My photographs should represent what someone else, standing beside me, would have seen.
I am a longstanding member of the National Press Photographers Association and agree to their Code of Ethics. Additionally, in 2023 I joined a working group of photojournalists, editors, intellectuals, attorneys and technical experts to help launch the Writing with Light movement. As part of that group, we encourage photojournalists and publications to make their ethical codes and statements a prominent part of their website and offer up the following Statement of Principles and encourage others to adopt it, as well:
As recordings of the visible, journalistic photographs must be fair and accurate representations of what the photographer witnessed.
Neither alterations to a photograph that mislead the public, nor staging events while depicting them as spontaneous, are acceptable in journalism. Nor should one publish a photorealistic synthetic image made by artificial intelligence and pretend that it is an actual photograph.
Any deviations to these basic principles must be explained in a caption, credit, or appropriate icon.
At the end of the day, the only thing of value that a journalist can hold is their credibility. It is my mission that you find my work to be credible.