I chose Lazy Eye Photography as the name for this website because I imagine that when people meet me that is what they notice about me first; my lazy eye. The truth is my eye isn't lazy. It doesn't work at all(see what I did there?). In 1987, 1 day after I graduated high school, I was working on a thoroughbred breeding farm putting up pasture fencing. The guy I was working with lost focus and hit the nail wrong which sent it spinning into my left eye. I spent that entire summer in and out of the hospital and in and out of surgery.
In the 2 minutes that the surgeon took to explain what was going to happen to me my whole world changed. "We'll likely have to whack it out," were his exact words. I was no longer an invincible 18 year old. I was a blind guy or at least a half blind guy. At the time it didn't matter, whole or half, I just remember the panic. Can I drive? Can I still go to college? So many thoughts and questions raced through my mind. I'm 43 and by now most of the questions have been answered. But those moments of uncertainty changed my life. I learned to appreciate everything I can see and do in a way that only losing something or the threat of losing something can make you appreciate those things. My favorite songwriter Ray Davies of The Kinks captured that notion in a song called In a Moment : "In a second you can look away; Turn around to find its all changed."
Photography allows us to capture those moments and to keep them. Unchanged. These are my moments. I hope that you enjoy them.