David Bookbinder

David Bookbinder

I am a person with a big heart and a deep need to be connected, but I grew up insulated from others and myself. The arc of my life has been to reclaim what I now think of as my birthright. Connection and compassion have manifested themselves mainly in my work in photography and as a psychotherapist, my current occupation.

My entry into the path that led me to psychotherapy and to the photography I do now began with a near-fatal medical error in 1993. That event, which included a near-death experience, divided my life into two parts: who I was, and who I am becoming. To paraphrase the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, the way back from the brink has been “a long, strange trip.” On it, I have discovered what I was put on the planet to do; my calling.

Making an image feels like I am in wordless conversation with something far more profound than my own creations. The work connects me deeply with my subjects’ minute particulars, the building blocks from which all creation generates.

MY WORK