I have been making photographs for more than thirty years but I've focused on making images as a vocation and an avocation for the past two decades. My personal work has continued to evolve since I first received a compliment on the quality of one of my snapshots in elementary school - I thought I should focus my efforts on drawing and music but I wasn't getting many compliments for either. On the path to where I am now as a photographer I have gone through periods where I thought with absolute certainty that I did not need to make photographs because my memory of a moment was document enough; that a good photograph must include a human being; and that I truly enjoy the process of making photographs far more than the photographs themselves. Each of these grand statements reveals more than the flawed logic of an occasional idiot, but the last still seems to hold true (thankfully). As a new father I find my time to make photographs has become increasingly limited but the benefit of making art with and for my children has been invaluable to my growth as an artist and, more importantly, as a person.
Before the birth of my children (and since), I have been the recipient of another inspiring gift as I have been able to make my living as a photography teacher. Through teaching I've gained invaluable insights to the power of this medium to shape and change young lives as well as an unwavering belief that there is truth and beauty in the creative process regardless of the outcome. For nearly twenty years of teaching and several thousand students, I have had the privilege to learn with and from young people everyday - my students continually inspire me and I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work with them. As a photographer, the opportunity to create and share images and ideas fulfills and frustrates many aspects of my life and I strive to create and share images that convey some of the wonder, joy, confusion, and sadness that I experience. I'd like to say it's all good even if the images aren't always all good. The process is a beautiful thing, and, for that, I am always grateful.
I hope that you will enjoy these photographs as I have enjoyed making them. It is my sincere wish that they may serve as a small token of gratitude to the people, places, and experiences that have shaped the person I am and am becoming.
For more information on my work, to inquiry regarding the purchase of an image or a commission to make new work, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.