This Is Not a Sawtooth Hanger


“Writing is like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

-- E.L. Doctorow

"Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them."

-- Elliott Erwitt

"This Is Not a Sawtooth Hanger" was selected by jurors Paula Tognarelli and Karen Davis for inclusion in Davis Orton Gallery’s 11th Annual Photobook Show!


This Is Not a Sawtooth Hanger is a collection of essays, paired with photographs, on photography, art and the creative process – written for art enthusiasts and aspiring artists. For art enthusiasts, I hope the essays will be interesting and thought-provoking and the images aesthetically pleasing and worthy of your time and attention. If you learn something new or smile a little, then all the better! For aspiring artists, I hope this book will help you find your “voice.” What are you trying to say? Why? Did you fail or succeed? Does the work matter?

This book is a window into what I’ve tried to do as an artist and photographer. You, of course, are on a different path but sometimes hearing about another person’s processes, goals, successes and failures can lead to your own moments of clarity. Saying to yourself “That’s interesting but it’s not my thing” can open a door to self-discovery. I hope you find these essays and photographs interesting but more importantly, I hope they inspire you to think more critically about art and the creative process in general and your own work in particular.


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