I have always been fascinated with the way things work. I was the kid who took everything apart, just to see how it fit together. I loved science, computers, and reading about theories of nature, and space. I very well may have followed a more scientific path in life, but when I was thirteen, my father bought me my first camera. I struggle to remember the reason as to why I received the camera, but ultimately, it doesn’t matter. I loved that camera. I carried it with me everywhere I went, and could often be found at the local CVS’s photo counter, getting my latest roll developed.
I love photography. To me, it is a meditative act. I am deeply drawn to the simplicity and power that can be found in the static image. Through it, I seek to combine the two sides of my personality; the scientist. and the artist. I am, by nature a mechanic and tinkerer. I like to work with my hands. I apply this to my art by focusing on the concept of process. I love the darkroom, and the tactile nature of the chemistry used in the photographic process. I have worked with the established forms of printing and developing, but I seek to push myself, as well as the perceived boundaries of the photographic form. I attempt this through the use of alternative processes. These processes have included the use of liquid emulsion, different combinations of chemistry, and older forms of printmaking, including tintype, and platinum/palladium process.
I am not the biggest fan of working in a studio space. I prefer to go out into the world, and capture my perception of it. The spaces I encounter; the people I see. My photography is as close as I get to sharing how I see the world with others. I have a fairly active internal monologue, and I try to document that as well. While I take great time in the development of the photo itself, I appreciate shooting from the hip, and bringing an aspect of spontaneity and improvisation into how I capture an image. The photo can be an object of great power, I try to emphasize that power through process. Analog process is chaotic. Its results can never be duplicated. Every image it produces wholly unique. In a world saturated with mass produceable images, each copy identical down to the pixel, a unique photo is a beautiful thing.