In some manner, all my work tends to revolve around people since this is by far my favorite subject matter. The way I approach portrait photography (I hate this term, by the way) is by making mundane, everyday moments feel somewhat magical and surreal. The collection of images here are part of a never-ending project, as I am always taking pictures of the people in my life.
You Are Going to Lose So Much
These images explore the overwhelming disappointment that occurs when thinking back to the potential one felt as a child, when life was fully open before us. Childhood images of myself, my mother, and my father, are contrasted with harsh text that reveals the reality of how life truly ends up unraveling.
old photographs scanned with an Epson flatbed scanner, edited in Photoshop CS4, printed on Epson Ultra Premium Luster Paper 20in. x 16in. October 2013
We're Both in Helsinki
This series is coming soon
Just as many other artists, I discovered a love for the simplicity, purity, and beauty of the human form. Exposures parallels that with the beauty nature has to offer, while simultaneously contrasting the roughness of rocky, beach terrain with the softness of the human body. Shot in Santa Cruz, California, USA.
shot with a Nikon FM1, negatives scanned on an Epson negative scanner, printed digitally on Hahnemühle German Etching paper 17in. x 24in. May 2013
6 A.M. was one of my first explorations into the world of mixing portrait and fashion photography. It utilizes the visual techniques of fashion photography, but instead of focusing on the clothing the subject is emphasized. Shot in Santa Cruz, California, USA.
shot with a Nikon D60, printed on Epson Ultra Premium Presentation Matter Paper 17in. x 24.in November 2012
Being in a relationship with someone for almost four years, an incredible closeness is formed. This series was always on going and a manifestation of how it feels for two human beings to learn absolutely everything about each other and be naked both physically and mentally in front of one another.
shot with a Nikon FM1 2012-2013
This series is inspired by Martin Heidegger's concept of Angst. "But there is a mood, anxiety or dread (Angst), that functions to disclose authentic being, freedom, as a potentiality. It manifests the freedom of man to choose himself and take hold of himself. The relevance of time, of the finiteness of human existence, is then experienced as a freedom to meet his own death, a preparedness for and continuous relatedness to his own death. In anxiety, all entities sink away into a "nothing and nowhere," man hovers in himself as ex-sisting, being nowhere at home. He faces no-thing-ness; and all average, obvious everydayness disappears--and this is good, since he now faces the potentiality of authentic being." -Heidegger
shot with a Nikon D60, edited in Photoshop CS4, printed on Epson Ultra Premium Luster Paper 24in. x 24in. November 2013
This series is a visual representation of how it feels to move through life in a haze. In this state of mind, it feels that ones eyes are never focusing on anything, just as how I did not focus the camera lens while creating these images. The ambiguity of the images also explores the idea of lessening the importance of the subject of an image and focusing more on feeling.
shot with a Nikon D5300, printed on Epson Ultra Premium Luster paper 13in. x 19in. April 2014
Inspired by an image of a body floating in milk, this series oozes sex and femininity. The beauty of the flowers and the comfort of the milk is contrasted with poses that convey a feeling of drowning, submission, and a quiet struggle.
shot with a Nikon D60, printed on Epson Premium Glossy Paper 40in. x 24in. October 2013