“I got the nerve to dream of making some good pictures in my lifetime after I learned about Eugène Atget & Julia Margaret Cameron. Atget launched his work on the streets of Paris when he was 40; Cameron was 48 when she first picked up a camera to make her extraordinary portraits.

I started taking pictures
when I was 38.

My first portrait project was at First Mondays, a market in Scottsboro, Alabama.

It began with battered dolls.

When I could move close to the dolls I began doing the same thing with people.”