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.
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 our willingness to abandon and create greater excess rather than to fix or restore. To willfully ignore how our possessions are created or where they end up. I recognized that as the disconnect between man and the natural world grows, the need to protect the planet and its non-human inhabitants increases exponentially.
I made the decision to utilize my photography skills not to sell commodities, but rather to explore the relationship between man and nature. I am currently using my experience with studio photography and portraiture to help tell the stories of those who do not contribute to climate change but feel its impacts the most; endangered flora and fauna and their human allies who work to protect them.
When I look ahead – toward the ultimate outcome of our collective behavior as a species – I find beauty in what I see, despite the negative implications. The downward trajectory of humankind written in osteological specimens, light and nature reclaiming derelict spaces, the return to the elemental… I remain hopeful that eventually, balance will be restored.
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A life-long and dedicated practitioner of film and historic-process photography, I am admittedly happiest when in the darkroom.