– How and when did you become interested in photography?
The way in which I seriously took up photography was really odd. To this day it still baffles me as it happened in one instant. Born the son of a professional fine art nature photographer I was introduced to the camera almost at birth. Some of my earliest memories are of being on photoshoots, sitting in on workshops and playing with camera gear. Though I didn’t realize it until much later this type of upbringing was vey impactful and ingrained a sense of familiarity towards photography in me. After my childhood I never thought twice about photography. At 18 years of age I was managing a restaurant and taking culinary classes, my life was on the path to work in the hospitality industry. One night around 11:00 on my way home from work I became overtaken with urge to take a photograph (Strange I know). Instead of going home I headed to my father house, knocked on the door and said I want to take use his camera. We then spent several hours just shooting street lights. After that night I was hooked.
– Is there any artist/photographer who inspired your art?
Honestly, I try and make it a point to be influenced by no one. Solely for the reason that I want to produce work that is like no one else’s.
– Why do you work in black and white rather than colour?
While I don’t work exclusively in black and white I believe some photographs are just meant to be conveyed in black and white. This series is one of those. It was conceived as and always produced as a black and white body of work. If find that monochrome images have a sense of emotion to them that forces the viewer to interpret the subject in most basic form with no distractions.
– How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph/series of photographs?
Creating images for this series is a very slow process which only yields 100 or so images a year. The studio set up takes about day and I then shoot in multiple sessions over a two to three week period. After shooting is complete it takes me almost month to sort and edit. I like to really get familiar with the images before I call them complete. From start to finish this is about a 2 month process and I try to complete 3 to 4 these sessions a year. When it comes to the specific techniques used to produce the photographs I tend to be rather secretive. It has taken years of trial and error to get everything to this point and I just can’t give it away.
– Where is your photography going? What projects would you like to accomplish?
Rather than view it as a project, I view this series as a life long experience. One that will be constantly evolving as time goes on, I will never stop and say, “Its Done”. This is the case with all of my work, the “have a project” mentality just doesn’t apply. Make great work that you care about, there is nothing else.