My approach to portraiture is influenced by the Pictorialist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. I try not to give any hint of specific time or recognizable location in a photograph, taking my subjects from the real into a more abstract place. I am not concerned with detail in a photo, and prefer the dreamlike representation of blur and shallow depth of field. Much of my work is monochromatic and I use color to further separate my subjects from reality by presenting a palate inconsistent with what the viewer would expect to see.
Smart phone photography has become so prolific in the past decade that it has defined our perception of what a photograph looks like. To challenge that perception I use a variety of vintage cameras, films, and processes the digital age has moved away from.
I believe creativity needs spontaneity and accident. The journey of a picture from camera to film to print is time consuming and wrought with the potential for unforeseen results. It is from these deviations that my best photographs are born and new artistic directions are formed.
I have photographed for 20th Century Fox, Bank of America, and Vital Voices. My photographs have been shown at the Photo District Gallery in New York, the El Paseo Gallery in Santa Barbara, and are currently on display at the Pence Gallery in my home town of Davis California.