I have always considered myself a photographer more than anything else. My study of renaissance Italian painters and sculptors as well as contemporary photographers has influenced the look and feel of what I create. I produce photographs with a more painterly feel; wherein the motion of life or dramatic lighting can add a sense of whimsical sense of intrigue to what would otherwise be considered familiar. I use my work process for making the most of accidents. Often I play with the technique, allowing myself the chance to experiment and push the medium. It is in the darkroom that the magic happens and I learn whether or not I have captured something unexpected and serendipitous or simply made a mess.
I am most often the subject of my work, using the therapeutic process of creating art to encourage exploration and challenge my ideas of self and beauty. I use the safe haven of my bedroom to allow for this introspection, pushing myself to question what I reveal and what I conceal so that shapes and controlled lighting are what stand out. This quest to understand myself expands to include images of my environment through my relationships with those around me. Whether the subject is myself or a loved one, I consider the optimum result have focused on a quiet place that could be compared to the eye of a storm. The storm is the many emotions that life makes us feel but the eye is the moments that make us feel alive.
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