Photography is about connections. The photographer makes a connection with the subject, and the subject connects with the viewer. Photographs make connections across time from past to present. They tell stories of who we are and who we aspire to be. Love, success, commitment, happiness, new beginning, transition -- what do you want your photographs to say?
Here is some of my recent portrait work. Also be sure to check out my current personal project, Stranger Portraits.
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I'm enamored with the idea of covering up graffiti with mismatched paint. In an effort to cover up the work, someone often slaps on a coat of paint that doesn't at all match the original surface. The process creates a work of art in itself. Like a scar on skin, it leaves a constant reminder of the inflicted damage, and of the property owners' hasty, economical attempt to cover it up and move on. Yet, ironically, here we are with unmistakable evidence of the incident. Sure, the graffiti may no longer be legible, but the aesthetic appearance of the surface is far from fully restored.
I enjoy creating this series because it offers an opportunity to see beyond the details of a photo. When unfocused in this way, the photos become a choose-your-own-adventure: you can contemplate the color, mood, and spirit of an image without the trivial details, or you can challenge the brain to unravel the mysteries and make up a story. Take either path, it's your choice!
To grow we must push our limits. Every time I have stepped outside of a comfort zone, I have learned heaps about myself and the world around me. With each of these steps, I move further away from my safe, sometimes unchallenged 'default' speed and nearer to a better version of myself.
The Strangers project is meaningful to me for a few reasons:
--First, I need a satisfy a curiosity I have, the belief we nearly all are 'makers' at heart -- that we all have an intrinsic need to pursue creativity;
--Second, I need to push the current limits of my own photographic craft;
--Third and finally, though I have a deep and genuine love for all people! I have a hard time approaching strangers especially if I have to ask them for help, and this project challenges me to step outside my stranger-danger zone, making some new acquaintances along the way
Below are the people I have met who are graciously collaborating with me on this project. It is not my project alone, it belongs to everyone who chooses to participate. I'm very proud and excited to share the project with you. Check back often as the collection grows.
Click thumbnails to see larger images. If a collaborator has their own craft, I've included it in the caption and the photo links to their site.