That's me to the right, over there. I was attempting fire dancing (for the very first time), so I decided to take a self portrait — alone, with strobes, at night... and on film!
My work explores contrasts within an individual or society, such as science vs. art, the intellectual vs. the visceral, or skepticism vs. faith. My images usually portray them in double entendre. My style and methodology borrow from masters of photography, such as Edward Weston and Robert Mapplethorpe, while taking inspiration from Jungian artist-scientists, such as Leonardo DaVinci and Lewis Carroll. I use title and subject as keys to the rabbit hole, which convey what is through the looking glass — form and shadow endow the viewer equal to their engagement.
My latest work depicts social issues within the context of board games. Layering somber topics within devices that are meant to be lighthearted distractions is a thoroughgoing thread that ties the ensemble. In the work, I try to present the issues from a neutral perspective, in which the viewer themselves are able to derive meaning, according to their own biases. The rights and wrongs, moral and ethical, or pros and cons of these issues are not my primary concern. This work aims to remind people, individuals and society, that these issues do still exists — though we sometimes choose to ignore, or perhaps have become anesthetized to them.
In the ultimate essence of the word, I am an amateur of photography.