When I have to speak to even a small group of people, my heart beats out of my chest. The lens is a tool for me to find and recognize both others and myself. Using it I can form bonds, break bonds, explore bonds, and convey the creation of emotionality behind those bonds. It allows me to communicate to both the subject and the viewer in a way that I would not be able to through words, and it lets them communicate with each other through a mediator.
We reveal the most information about ourselves in the ways we handle the mundane and the passed by. It is something we cannot hide, it is a document of our actions in a way that a traditional portrait cannot be. It is this idea that drives me to take photographs.
I toy with the recognition of the ordinary and skew the perspective to create the feeling that I want, to increase the tension in the photographs and in the photographs’ relationships to each other. By photographing an object from a less conventional angle I am able to convey a greater sense of unease and by placing that photograph next to another more conventional shot I am able to increase the tension between them. The last thing I want is for someone to look at my images and feel nothing. My photographs rely heavily on ordering and specific placement to generate tension in the viewer.
I am intrigued and influenced by books (fictional and historical), music, nature, campfires, quiet spaces, long walks, life, relationships, stimulating conversations, anomalies, light, reflection, repetition, memory, death, impact, irrational behavior, and debates.