Yesterday's Tomorrow


I was recently gifted the negatives of my late grandfather & photographer, David Allen McCluskey. These images depict life in the 1950's and 1960's of a world I never knew.

Sometimes the best way to know where you are going is to look where you've been. I feel this is the case with photography and it's purpose with what makes an image lasting, timeless, and/or intriguing. There are so many more elements that make an image powerful than a pretty smiling image. I know I've said this a hundred times before but this confirms why I've always felt this way.

These images leave me with questions, wanting to know more and I think my grandfather knew that one day, others just may want to remember life as it once was.. not as it was 'pretending' to be.

I once heard that you know you have a good image when it makes others stop to ponder. Every parent will love that perfect, beautiful smile and dressed to the best image of their own child but when you have an image that is real and honest and it makes a stranger wonder about the individuals in the picture.. that is when it becomes on that next level of photography.

Seeing my grandfather's documentary portraits has given me the validity of my own vision and purpose. It's in my blood and there is no doubt in my mind that my work is part of who he once was and is today. Although I never knew him, I feel that I can know him through how he saw life in his photography.