I met Ed Grazda in 1969 and began hanging out at his "World Headquarters" with the Bleecker Street Irregulars. Thanks to them, I've spent most of my adult life traveling the world on "hard seat" budgets. They launched me on this path of using Leica rangefinders to record light on black and white film. My cartoonist father and painter mother were supportive. Perhaps they recognized the same familiar creative imperative that had led them to spend their own lives in the Arts, being reflected forward. In a world of distraction, photography keeps my eyes open and focused. Decades in, I'm still happily based in a documentary tradition that looks to find the mystery and goodness of life, as she reveals herself when one pays attention.