Sorting through portfolios has reminded me of the many hours and years as a young student I spent sketching and developing my work. Mostly from old black and white family photographs or from our tired edition of the Year Book Encyclopedia or the Time Life book on America which featured poignant photographs of people immigrating into the country at Ellis Island and the poverty and despair of farm workers brought on by the dust storms of the 1930's.
Throughout grade school, high school and then into the earliest days of college, drawing was a means of thinking, my go to for private musings and processing ideas.
I liked to create my own stories and would pull the background from one image and insert people from several photos there. My search for subject often involved light and shadows and interlocking shapes. I found much of it in early 20th century black and white photographs. The staid pose and serious expressions of the people interested me but not quite as much as the layers of clothing with folds and buttons and dramatic shadows.
And so it went, finding and taking pictures and sitting at my drawing table working things out with pencil, charcoal and ink pen.