" You don't make a photograph just with a camera.
You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen,
the books you have read,
the music you have heard,
the people you have loved. ”
| Ansel Adams |
A little bit about me.
As a person...I'm really good at seeing people. I mean really, really SEEING you. Getting who you are. Those who love me would describe me as deeply empathetic and loving, with an irreverent sense of humor and a tendency to call it like I see it. I have a crazy sense of curiosity bordering on nosiness, and I love concocting analogies to explain things.
I think homes with a little chaos to them are the best ones. Backyards with a bit of dirt and some puddles. Hair that sticks out, and faces with smudges. To me, chaos just means that doing life for real is more vital to you than doing life perfectly. I'm still trying to teach myself to always pick the moment over the to-do list.
I think one of the most dangerous social epidemics we face is the desperate need to curate some kind of "perfect" life by presenting ourselves as different than we really are. We see it everywhere. Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram. It's hurting us.
When photographers try to "make" photos of you, we confirm that view. That you need to do something different, look different, be different in order to be worthy of capture. I create documentary photos in order to show you that you're already perfect exactly as you are, in ways you might never imagine.