Truth is often found at the intersection of conflicting impressions. My photography reflects this by using multiple cameras and techniques to explore a single theme from shifting points of view.
Originally trained as a writer, I studied Joyce, Faulkner and others who told relatively commonplace tales through the eyes of multiple narrators. After working as newspaper reporter for a several years, I spent nearly three decades writing and managing communications at major corporations.
I took up photography about a dozen years ago and have devoted my attention to it, full time, for the past five. I am inspired by photographers of the first half of the 20th century who mastered the art of telling complex stories – filled with beauty, anguish, and a wide range of emotions – in a single black-and-white frame. I’m also influenced by the so-called Pop Art movement, which seemed to color most aspects of daily life while I was growing up.
Depending on the mood I’m trying to create, I use both film and digital cameras. I’ll often distress film with household items including alcohol, lemon juice, vinegar, table salt, toilet-bowl cleanser, sandpaper, boiling water or even a few seconds in the microwave followed by a couple minutes in the freezer.
I earned a B.A. in English Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and currently study film, digital and alternative processes at Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle.
My work has appeared at the Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Las Laguna Gallery in California, Photo Place Gallery in Vermont, and recently published in Black & White magazine.