I’ve recently revamped my website to reflect not just my progression as an artist, but my views on the progression of our species and the potential fate of our planet…
PAST: When I was younger, I was surrounded by fascinating people, traveled to amazing places, and photographed what touched me personally. Life wasn’t always easy, but it was largely beautiful.
PRESENT: Slowly, the ugliness started to seep in. I began to notice people who were disconnected, self-absorbed, and completely and willingly oblivious to their surroundings and the impact of their actions. I acknowledged the enormous amount of waste our society produces, as well as a willingness to abandon and create greater excess rather than to fix or restore. A disconnect between our possessions, where they begin, and how they end. I began to notice the bizarre constructs and the relationships with the natural world that we create. I turned my camera on these negative aspects of society, both fascinated and repulsed by them.
FUTURE: When I look ahead – toward the ultimate outcome of our collective behavior as a species – I find beauty in what I see, in spite of the negative implications. The downward trajectory of humankind written in osteological specimens, light and nature reclaiming our derelict spaces, the return to the elemental… I find myself seeking out what provides me with a glimpse into this post-anthropocentric age. It makes me hopeful that eventually, balance will be restored.
Image captions on this site include series information where applicable. If you’d like to see more images from a particular series, please email me. If you’d like to find out more about my professional and creative life, my curriculum vitæ can be found here.
If you’re interested in learning about The Halide Project, a Philadelphia-based non-profit I co-founded in order to help foster the traditional photographic arts, please click here.
I shoot film and print in the darkroom. For me, it’s the only way.