Berlin Wall

Because of this picture I am a photographer. I made this about 25 years ago this week in Berlin, as a tourist & a professional student. I literally had one foot in West Berlin and one foot in East Berlin and shot 2 frames before East German guards & dogs pushed me back into the west. I liked the juxtaposition of the 2 countries in one image, it summed it up for me.

Once home, I licensed the usage and couldn’t believe my luck! It was from that point on that I wanted to become a photographer. Of course, a few close to me encouraged me to stay in school. But I abruptly dropped out of school. Me being me…..about a semester+ short of graduating. PSA~ not recommended kids.

While not the greatest image that I’ve ever made, as I write this I realize how this image represents a defining moment in my career, and my life.