Any accessories you can’t work without?
Do my feet count? This is honestly the first thing that comes to mind. The second is prime/fixed lenses (which are the only lenses I use) What’s interesting to me is I heavily rely on these two things working together to make photographs. Not having a zoom forces me to move around more and as a result I discover more and pay closer attention to framing.
Describe your design process?
It depends on the project. If I’m working with a production team it starts with a concept, and then a mood board for direction. When I’m creating alone, I like to get lost in my environment scanning every detail, and my mind is constantly framing and waiting for moments to reveal themselves. I believe in having an equal balance of preparation and spontaneity. Things fall together when you loosen the reins. I’ve found my most creative work comes from the moments I couldn’t prepare for.
Who are your artistic heroes?
Martine Franck, William Eggleston, Irving Penn, Richard Kalvar, Martin Parr, Henry Taylor and Walton Ford.
What is in your dream fine art photographic collection?
Any work from the artists I mentioned, but if I could only have one framed photograph it would be Martine Franck’s “Swimming pool designed by Alain Capeilleres, La Brusc, Var, France, 1976” .
How did your photographic career begin?
Shooting fashion photography.
Describe your first break.
Having some of my work selected for the Southbay Contemporary art show at PS Zask Gallery in 2013. This was my very first photography exhibition and cracked my mind open to the world of fine art photography.
Where were you first published?
In Sodapop Magazine 2014.
What work are you most proud of?
Under/Mesa 2015, Midlife 2018 and Taking Shape 2019.
What advice would you give to younger photographers?
Get out of your comfort zone physically and mentally. Get your photos off your computer and make them tangible. Learn to shoot film.
Have you been exhibited at all? Where?
Yes, I have. Southbay Contemporary Art Show at PS Zask Gallery 2013, SMILE Exihibition at Great Park Gallery 2016, MOPLA Group Show at Arena 1 Gallery 2019 and my first solo exhibition, ‘Taking Shape’ presented by Urban Outfitters and The Month of Photography Los Angeles at Space 15 Twenty 2019.