This body of work began over 10 years ago after developing a fascination with public walls and surfaces found in urban environments. Early collages intended to mimic the paint, advertisements, accidents, and other seemingly mundane surfaces that so densely populated public ad spaces and billboards. 

After receiving a BA in Visual Arts with a concentration in photography, my collage work evolved. Collage became a satisfying means to combine my compositional skills as a photographer with my utter lack of technical training as a painter. Using collage, I could build the composition of my landscapes, my subjects, and my intention in a way that making a photograph could not. Collage has become my form of painting so to speak. 

Each piece is composed by hand using newspapers and vintage magazines from decades prior. The work progresses through multiple cycles of being collaged, scanned and collaged again culminating in one final print. Final iterations are printed large format and the final piece is presented as either singular large format prints or in editions. 

This project has been ongoing and constantly evolving since 2009. To view work click on portfolio buttons to the left. 

Prices and custom commissions upon request.

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My Dad gave me his old Minolta when I was a kid. I had a photo teacher named Ms. McCarthy who handed me Joel Sternfeld's American Prospects at the age of maybe 13 or 14. That was the single defining moment in my life that I can remember where I thought "oh this is what an aha moment feels like. I need to make stuff"

So I went to college and studied Art. The kind with a capital A. I got to sit next to Joel Sternfeld at a dinner by random chance in 2015 or 2016. I can't even remember. Long story short. Photography has played an important role in my life. It may not ever be my professional pursuit but it will always be a visual mode by which I love to digest and study the world around me. 

So here are some photos I've taken over the years. Some are digital. Most are film. 

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And here's the rest of me - the doesn't-neatly-fit-into-the-html-of-a- website me. The slightly-confusing-couldn't-choose-one-skill-or-hobby me. The suffered-intense-fomo-as-a-kid me. 

My lists. My producer credits. My musings. My okay graphic design. Some playlists. My doodles.

 

Everything in between the one trick pony artist who works in one medium and is just that. 

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Warning: above link contains a pretty bad amateur sketch of my face. If you ever meet me in person, I may look nothing like that. 

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