If I had to describe my approach to photography, I would say that I shoot with a jazz sensibility. Projects start with a general idea or mood, but each shoot is an improvisation. The images are shaped by the the moment and the subject itself. Ultimately, what I’m pursuing is essence.
Starting some 10 years ago, and growing to be the center of my work since, the images I create reside somewhere between the subjective and shifting landscape of memory, and the surreal and quickly fading recollection of dreams upon waking. There is a constant search for the ungraspable. Familiar and unknown at the same time.
A viewer has to bring their own interpretation to my images. Though the moments are true - unplanned, uncontrolled, and often intimate — I inject ambiguity. The viewer must draw their own conclusions. The reality of the images lies in their very uncertainty. I explore removing discernible focus — either literally, or through framing and composition — but still intending to maintain the viewer's interest. The act of defocusing removes specificity with the intent to move towards universality while still feeling somehow very personal.
I believe there must be constant evolution in my work to avoid becoming prisoner to a single style or technique. My goal is achieving a recognizable sensibility that can shift and adapt to be appropriate for each moment.
In 2015 I made changes in my professional life to allow time for creative endeavors with the intent of creating fine art. Print, especially the book format, is very near to my heart.