The work I do varies, but I mostly shoot portraits and corporate events. There is just something about capturing a moment that you can't stop looking at - and my favorite response to my work is tears. Someone once told me, "You don't just take photos, you capture a feeling." I truly believe you can see a soul in a photo. Oh, and tears can also be from laughter - that happens a lot (sometimes there are even squeals). I don't just make photographs, I make friends.
I'm also an editorial photographer marrying my background in art and social science. Formally educated in Sociology and Art, I have been working in art and design for 19 years. I photograph my own art pieces made from various mediums, orchestrated actors in produced compositions, and life as it occurs in a documentary style. I am influenced by the intricacies of social paradigms that you'll see in my works. Although the subjects I addresses are relevant concerns and (sometimes very) dark matters, I am playful and optimistic. I create a visual summary, or snapshot, of busy and complicated concepts to make them more easily understood. My hope is mass communication of my works for a role in social change. I’m affected by Detroit's blighted historical artifacts in contrast to its newly constructed border neighbors, where crumbling man-made landscapes are left behind as a shrine of decline for shiny new destinations. In a time of mass consumerism, we are quick to replace things rather than re-purpose them. While Detroit ruin porn is a beautiful and popular art form, I’m interested in renewal. None of this is a criticism, but rather a commentary and a source of inspiration. Because of my natural propensity to flip negatives into positives, my art is formed from discarded objects - into new objects of art that express the paradigms I hope to disrupt - then photographed. I harvest broken and discarded items to create my pieces. I’m often asked how I come up with my themes and ideas. The best answer I can give is it’s a little like cloud watching, sometimes you see a shape in a cloud right away and sometimes you have to look at it a while until it takes shape. Some treasures immediately find their way into a representation of my agenda at the time and some wait their turn in the land of misfits until they shine in just the right work. Every component has meaning in a piece. You can see my editorial art here.