|Telling stories is the crux of what I do. Whether it’s through my editorial and documentary work, or with my conceptual portraiture and still lifes - I strive for them to have some kind of truth and maybe a little bit of mystery.|
During my tenure as a photography teacher, I always felt that the most important thing that I could teach my students was how to ‘see’ - To explore the world from a variety of perspectives, to look and look until they saw something new in the ordinary and make a connection with something extraordinary. This shift in perspective is what I strive for in my work. I hope that what I bring to the viewer is a look at something that they might otherwise have missed.
I live for the possibility of finding beauty where we had not previously looked. Exploring subjects and experimenting with the way light dances on contours, fills the crevices, and highlights something commonplace to make it special is what I aim for. I revel in the details of an object, getting so close that I get lost in the minute hairs, ridges, planes and experience something unexpected. That is the journey I hope to take viewers on with me when I pick up my macro lens. If you end up questioning my images or “feeling” the texture so intensely that it makes you want to reach out and touch it, then I’ve been successful in my work.
Other things that make me tick? Finding the positive in any given situation. My treasure of a shelter rescue mutt named Daisy (AKA Danger Dog). Books - though I’m toying with the idea of going over to the dark side of the Kindle. Riding bikes, trail running and curling (yes, the sport with the rocks and brooms on ice). I hate watermelon which most people think is weird. Getting my hands dirty and growing things makes me happy. And I firmly believe that life should involve more spontaneous singing and dancing.