FACE is a series of portrait and lifestyle images taken over the last ten years. I often find myself fascinated with the abundant joy of youth, and the quiet that comes with age. Sometimes I feel like a flaneur; I love observing people as they absorb the world around them. It's almost as though I'm waiting to see or hear their revelations about themselves and their surroundings. Above all else, I am curious. Curious about my world, the people around me, how things work and why they happen as they do. My perspective as an artist is fueled by this curiosity and the desire to pursue further understanding of all facets of life.
Traveling and exploring new places and cultures will forever remain one of my favorite pastimes. I'm a firm believer in the necessity of venturing out of one's bubble and challenging one's character and sense of self when all comforts and semblances of familiarity are stripped away. I've found that when I wander and when I roam, I am directed to my true self.
These are some of the places I've roamed.
Color Outside the Lines was a joint creative effort between myself and the lovely, talented ladies of Coturque, Laura Vanessa Gonzalez and Asli Baran. We found this incredible lot in Central Square in Cambridge, MA, and were instantly inspired by the vibrant colors and the strong lines of the space. We spent an afternoon playing in the lot, trying to capture the elegance and joy of play – creating our own color outside the lines.
Art Direction & Styling: Laura Vanessa Gonzalez & Asli Baran
MARS is a series of images taken in Antelope Canyon, AZ.
MARS depicts an otherworldly experience that challenges the viewer's sense of time and place.
I shot this series shortly after the death of my father. The images reflect the sense of somber curiosity with which I found myself absorbing the world. I remember feeling as though I needed to embark upon new territory and new ground in his name – to the places I knew he had wanted to experience himself – and take it in with supremely willing eyes.
I dedicate this journey to Mars in his name.
This series is born from an interest in the overlooked beauty in the world. Shooting high-color subjects such as flowers or fabrics can often lead the viewer to focus only on the flower or fabric itself. I am interested in the way these common subjects and their colors look when abstracted as a whole. This is also an exercise in hindsight correction – when I first shot these images, I was looking for the obvious beauty. When I crop into these images, I am searching for the unseen beauty that is, more often than not, more beautiful (and definitely more interesting) than the obvious beauty. When you focus on the periphery rather than the "typical" focal point, you begin to see the beauty in the unseen, both in our day to day lives, and here in these images. My hope is that they serve as a reminder of that very sentiment.