The collection of photographs presented here attempts to capture personal subjects that are not only aesthetically appealing but utilizes a certain language of space, detail, minimalism and depth. I'm mostly drawn to large format landscapes and nature, architecture, and increasingly street photography. Over the years my work has been shifting towards personal investigation and narrative, largely through experiences of travel. I work with images that echo and reflect various aspects of culture, cultural signifiers, as well as cultural functions of architecture and urban planning.
Bo·tan·i·cal \bə-ˈta-ni-kəl\; adjective: 1. of or related to plants or the study of plants 2. pertaining to, made from or taken from plants
The West Coast has probably been the greatest source of inspiration to my photographic style. I am definitely a self-professed lover of cities but the influence of nature on daily life where I live has shown me a particular way of noticing detail - in trees and leaves and things that grow. Living things which literally surround us and are in constant motion and change. There is a language to its impermanence, its purpose and decay.
This series represents a collection of photographs split between indoors and outdoors, ranging over season and location. It utilizes traditional landscape and still life genres and draw upon the styles of California photographers from the 20th century. Recently I've found myself collecting plant life, various clippings of leaves, flowers, branches or stems that grab my attention while either walking down the street, or on a hike or traveling around the state. Most interesting to me is the prominence of what I can only describe as natural architecture. With this series I've taken a modern, design-oriented approach to capturing the limitless elegance of plants, statuesque and carefree in their fleeting grace.
Some say there's an underlying psychological dimension to why and how one takes photos. That said, I don't have many photographs of people. I'm getting better at it but typically my lens tends to settle on objects and things rather than faces and bodies. This series is perhaps most about intimacy, with men and women, with space and environment, with oneself and between others. In interpreting this gallery as whole I am reminded of the range of closeness that can occur between people, a continuum of connectivity and distance. These photos seek to present an extremely complicated and complex subject matter - other human beings - in a beautifully uncomplicated way.
One of the most basic characteristics of being human is the ability to see. Seeing serves as an important interpersonal catalogue of a particular moment (or series of moments) in time. Throughout the course of any given day there may be several potential photographs that I'll notice or capture with my mind's eye. Some days I have a camera with me, most others I don't.
There are others days, however, when the light is just right, when interesting shadows or arrangements appear. When brief, unexpected illuminations emerge, casting brilliant light onto objects. In some respects I find these simple, banal, almost marginal aspects of daily life fascinating. There's a certain level of awareness and timing involved in making the often invisible visible, to capture a moment and depict it in a way that heightens its beauty or meaning as a result of the subject's interplay, motion or position.
I was a teenager when Hip Hop, Punk, New Wave and House Music emerged from what has now solidified into the American imagination as the "urban underground" of the 1980s. Straight out of warehouse districts and back alleys, thriving right under the noses of middle America's suburban refuges. Far away from their night terrors of blight and danger. Cities were wholly different then, it really was an explosive time, the merging of high fashion and music, fine art, pop culture and technology. "Disco" had officially been declared dead, but in reality, it had merely gone back home to its roots to gather it's thoughts and recreate itself.
To say that I was influenced by what was going on in the late 1970s through the 1980s would be an understatement. I was enthralled, with the clothes, with the music and its wild instrumentation, with design across many disciplines, with nightlife. At the time there were seemingly endless possibilities to be found out in the gleaming churning streets.
Almost equal to photography, its music and its evolution over the last three decades that has informed my overall aesthetic. Music, in my opinion, is our direct link to culture, and culture, more or less, is an aspect of life that I also happen to photograph. I'll be the first to admit my sweet spot for American Soul music, it's from my culture, created by my peers. The mixes posted here (and here) represent some of my personal influences and examples of artists, bands, songwriters and musicians who have contributed to and shaped whom I am. For the most part I've been able to keep up with the digital age, but at the end of the day I find myself preferring my original analog set up of two turntables, a mixer and vinyl records. I still find great enjoyment in pressing record on my stereo and expressing myself through music and lyrics.