Artist Statement and CV


Artist Statement and CV

I’m comforted by the mechanical solidity of a heavy old film camera. I’m delighted by the unpredictable results of expired film and toy cameras. I enjoy the challenges of working within the limitations of film, but I’m also intrigued by the possibilities created when mixing the old and the new and by choosing from the best aspects of both.

My subjects are generally things that are overlooked or abandoned. I seek out architectural details that city dwellers pass by every day without a glance, the fading beauty of a time when even functional structures were created and embellished by artisans, and cemeteries once visited for their grandeur as much as a place of remembrance.

The framing of a photograph can hide ugliness and noise and mass-produced modernity, and allow a moment of true quiet for emotional contemplation. I strive for a reaction from the viewer and I know I’ve succeeded if my work stirs feelings of melancholy, of nostalgia, of wonder, or even of creeping dread.

Process
I am currently using the following cameras:

Vintage

  • PentaxK1000 (35 mm)
  • Agfa Isolette 4.5 (medium format)

Lomography/plastic/toy

  • Diana+ (medium format)
  • Diana Mini (35mm)
  • Diana Baby (110)
  • Sprocket Rocket (35mm panoramic)
  • Lomo’Instant (Fuji Instax Mini Film)

I scan all the photos shown here myself, using Photoshop only for dodging/burning and dust removal. Any “effects” such as double exposures were created in-camera; unusual colors are due to using expired or altered film, or specialty films such as LomoChrome Purple or Redscale.

Exhibitions

  • 2014    Artomatic Takes Flight, Washington National Airport, Arlington, VA
  • 2013    2013 DCist Exposed Photography Show, Longview Gallery, Washington DC
  • 2012    Artomatic, Crystal City, VA
  • 2012    2012 DCist Exposed Photography Show, Longview Gallery, Washington DC

Arts Education

  • 2012    Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC (spring semester, Continuing Education)
  • 1991    Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA

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