Artist Statement

Neuroscientists tell us that our individual experience of life is an elaborate hallucination. Our brain constructs this hallucination for us from the simple electrical and chemical impulses that cascade into our brain from our senses. My photographs capture my own hallucinations.

I revel in disorienting the viewer by challenging comfortable ways of viewing a photograph. I move the viewer away from seeking, identifying and dismissing the photograph once they find the subject. I create this abstract expression through precision cropping, a palette of blur, shapes, lines, and color.

I seek to move the observer beyond a subject and into appreciating the sensation; the feeling of the photograph. 

About my work:

I want to transform the way the viewer searches for a subject in my photographs. I do this through the considered use of reflections, perspectives, geometric shapes, and precision cropping to remove familiar visual anchors. I seek disorienting the observer with a unique viewing experience; a vision without a subject; a hallucination.

I do a minimal amount of post processing with mostly basic, image-wide controls. I crop and fine tune the images I capture to match my personal vision. I don't add or remove elements to, or from, my photographs. None of my photographs are multiple exposures or composites. I photograph, unaltered, what I see as I move in space.  There are hidden elements and geometric shapes in my images.  

I use a square crop for most of my photographs as a way of preventing the observer from simply scanning photographs to locate the subject so they can dismiss it and move on. By using a square format, it forces the observer to pause a moment and search the frame. The contents of a square photograph seem to float sometimes; to stand as a whole; to wait for interpretation.

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