In all of my photographs I build a stylized ‘idyllic’ world while remaining rooted in a melancholy realm of nostalgic recall. At the same time, I endeavor to highlight those disquieting moments that often make me feel as though I may have entered a dystopian, unsettled dimension in time, which really drives my vision. To this end, I have set about the task of creating images grounded in an elusive awareness, each a study of subtle tensions and soft contrasts where the deliberately staged appears calculated yet ‘more than’ natural.
I consciously stage each photograph striving to produce moments of ‘deliberate’ chance. It is the balance and capture of both the intentional and the accidental that challenge me while the evocative nature of photography itself further motivates. So too, the use of color becomes an essential tool as I gravitate toward muted subtle tones that help provoke the ethereal mood and otherworldly feeling I seek to create. My enchantment with early hand-colored photographs that exude a soft, delicate quality also drives my palette choices.
My ultimate goal is to produce haunting photographs that speak the language of longing and reminiscence while connecting with my audience on a visceral, yet provocative level.