When you think of the word photography, you think of preserving memories - or specific moments in time. This attribute of photography is what got me hooked and keeps me loading film into my cameras. In order to portray time, one might use the shutter speed to either freeze movement; or use a longer shutter speed to paint a subject's progression over time. I've always found the latter to be especially magical. Instead of selecting "long exposure" as a theme based on technique, I thought it better to be more vague: as photography can depict the passage of time through other means, such as subject matter.
Photography is a family tradition. I was raised in the darkroom, and on the fine art work of photographers like Edward Weston, Diane Arbus, and Ansel Adams. My father took me photographing with him regularly and taught me how to look at light. He gave me my first camera (an Olympus RC); I made my first black and white print (standing on a stool!) at the age of 7. There are some gaps in the timeline of my photographic journey, enforced upon it by life in general, but film and cameras are one of the few things that have remained constant every step of the way. For me, photography is all about moments and truth. I like to work in black and white so that I can highlight those two things. The truth, form, and simplicity of the moment is presented; I feel that removing the color from the scene brings these things out. I believe street photography is a little window into the heart and soul of a place, a time, and the people in it. These days I tend more toward street portraits and interaction with my subjects, but my drive for capturing the candid moment remains the same.