Beginning as a hobby fifteen years ago the act of image making has run the gamut of curiosity, obsession, means of employment, to daily coping mechanism. Photography serves as a creative outlet for the energy that comes along with bouts of major depression and the overwhelming feeling that there is nothing to do in the city of Philadelphia for me other than to drink and eat.
By limiting a body of work to black and white images the viewer immediately receives the suggestion of a false sense of reality. This may or may not have happened. Offering little to no context furthers this idea by presenting an infinite narrative.
The longevity and tangibility of film has always appealed to me. Using your hands to create an object is more enjoyable than pointing and clicking. In terms of capturing an image I use large format cameras for their slow and methodical nature but have very recently come to appreciate the opposite end of the spectrum in 35mm point and shoots, range finders, and SLRs. I have become increasingly unkind to my film over the years. I often incorporate push processing, violent agitation, unusually high temperatures, double exposures, long exposures and sandwiched negatives. Sometimes I leave my negatives on the floor to dry ignoring them for days as the cats bat them around.
Though I place a few confines into image making that I try to adhere to I prefer allowing the images to come together on their own. Allowing these images to organically come together means they encompass a wide range of genres. In their simplest form my photographs would be summed up as portraiture, diaristic, and conceptual.
Individual portfolios and projects can be found on my Flickr profile.
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