I am a photographer, artist, musician, and scientist. My identities and experiences impact the way I interpret the world, and it shows through my photographs. I began my foray into photography only recently, at the beginning of 2018. I am sad I hadn't started sooner. Photography brings me incredible joy and purpose, while also (unintentionally) making me more active and in touch with our natural world.
My photography projects are the manifestations of my Creative Motives, as outlined below.
Creative Motive - Landscapes
Under the current political landscape, our environment has been targeted for minimization by those who see our natural treasures as consumable and expendable. These persons are at odds with those who believe that Public Land - which provides protection for wildlife/flora and has roots in Native history - is not consumable and must be protected. Our Public Lands have become a battleground in the larger battle to protect our environment and climate. It is important to remember what is at stake: the damage and loss of our environment and climate is in fact tangible and not abstract. The consequences of damaging our environment are profound, and unfortunately, largely irreversible.
My concern for our environment and climate originated out of my recently found love of hiking and outdoorsmanship, which itself was a result of my photography. A majority of my work will be landscape-focused as a way to inspire (hopefully) my audience the same way that Mother Nature has inspired me.
Colorado Landscapes - Having been born and raised in Colorado, I feel deeply connected to and at home with this state. This project showcases the beauty of Colorado and its landscapes, as seen through its many popular parks and tourist destinations.
Woodland Sketches - Titled after Edward MacDowell’s piano suite of the same name, this project showcases images from less popular or lesser known trails and open spaces in the Western United States. Much like how the piano suite explores different woodland settings, so too I hope to share the diversity in the wildness of Nature. A link to the first movement of the piano suite is provided here.
Creative Motive - Black and White
My fascination with black and white photography arose from my admiration of Ansel Adam’s work and my own semi-neurotic desire for order, neatness, and structure. My use of black and white is somewhat of an objection to the increasing amount of “Instagram photographers” who brighten up, make flashy, and saturate their photos for zesty appeal and extra likes. I believe that stripping away the color in a photo puts the viewer into a contemplative state, forcing them to consider more of the details and structure of what they're seeing. In many ways, I find that black and white reveals more in a photograph than color ever could.
There are many ways to interpret and display black and white, but my favorite tends to be high contrast photos that are heavy on the blacks and shadows. I intend to show a majority of my art in black and white, in different styles, but all with the intention of revealing the true structure of the image.
noir - Named in reference to the classic film genre, shot in black-and-white, this project focuses solely on observing the world in shades of grey.