Hometown: Youngstown, OH
Based in: Fayetteville, WV
Photography for me has been many things, though the one thing I’d rather not be called or labeled as is a Photographer. It does so happen that I use a camera to create my work and it is the most important physical tool used in my process, but it’s from within that my work is envisioned and brought to life. My journey with a camera started when I was in middle school. It was during a photography class that I fell in love with the process of arranging people, shapes, colors, lines, etc. into a rectangle, pressing the shutter and capturing them forever, frozen in time. My creative journey would lead me through many different subject phases and attempts to find a voice but it wasn’t until I broke free of literal and representational photography that I would find it.
To describe the motivation for my work today is like riding a wave. I attempt to keep my senses open to my current surroundings and be willing to see the world through my present emotions and simply create. The idea of a destination, or leaving the house with an image in mind has been dissolved from my creative process and has been replaced with capturing feelings, shapes, colors, lines, textures; acting out of intuition with my camera as opposed to creating something we have all seen and been associated with before.
When presenting my work I aspire to provoke something from within the viewer. To disarm them of their predispositions, allow them to wander their interior and get lost in the viewing. I wish to allow for the imagination to ebb and flow throughout the composition and drum up a conversation or simply leave them with a feeling previous to before.
When I was a child I was completely obsessed with these building toys called 'Construx'. I would always find a way to incorporate them into whatever I was doing. After building my latest creation with them, I always felt so happy. Today is no different than then, I simply have to make and create, it leaves me feeling ready and inspired for more.
Though ever evolving, my process consists of finding light and composition in the mundane or overlooked. When I'm not shooting on location, I'm at home creating images from objects like paper, glass or found items from my whereabouts. Much of my work is a layering process where I will try to find harmony between images and combine them in post process. Much like a painter, I try to build the image to give it depth and feeling.
Textured, Colourful and Emotional.
Pierre Soulages, Mark Rothko, Barbara Hepburn, Sam Gilliam, Agnes Martin.
My camera is unquestionably my most important physical tool, but patience is my best friend.
To create for yourself and while doing that, allow yourself to make mistakes. This is where I believe growth takes place.
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