In my most recent work, “and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden,” I have explored the relationship between nature and humanity. I have suggested that they are one and the same. “Garden” goes on to explore our journey through life in relationship to nature. The botanical world is here when we arrive. Each individual plant, each leaf, each flower, each stem, each twig is unique. All these individual bits come together into the functioning of our natural world. The individuality amidst the unity makes our world thrive. This can be said for humans, too. The life of each individual adds to the diverse, richly cultured and endlessly intriguing place that is our world. Nature follows us. Nature guides us. We should learn from it and not presume we can teach nature a thing or two.
Each human views nature through a particular, unique lens, transparent yet individual. Emulsion printing onto acrylic seems a fitting approach to capture this idea. Each individual is sculpted with foliage and flowers that embodies their unique nature. The image laid upon the transparent medium represents the lens through which they view the world. It provides inconsistency and unpredictability. Each piece is floated over a solid, white, plate of steel. This represents the brief separation between ourselves and the solid foundation and clarity that our world provides. This process and medium introduces a layer of complexity that traditional printing does not provide. It enhances the relationship between the viewer, the work and the subject themselves.
My hope is that “Garden” inspires its viewers to protect and appreciate the world around us. In protecting nature, in understanding the deep-rooted connection we all have with her, we also protect our own nature.
bearded soul project
Each of the men have grown full beards for different reasons. The photographs show a common physical characteristic that symbolize completely different meanings. I began this project with the intent to continue with the common theme of misinterpretation. There has been an evolution regarding facial hair since time began and my goal as a photographer is to tell that story while being as authentic as possible. I intend to showcase the reasoning behind each individual beard by capturing the beard, its man, and its environment as one harmonious story. From clean cut to long and straggly bears, there is a story behind every single on that contributes to the evolving purpose of facial hair. Some men grow it for a resolution and some don't feel the need to shave. Some find it to be a passage into manhood, while other use it to hide insecurities or scars. Whatever their reasoning, there is always a bigger story behind a man's "Bearded Soul."
body image project
The purpose of this series was to capture the effects of positivity on outcome. Negative words were written on the dark of their body, while positive were written on the white. Regardless of pose, the white still shine through as the positive space in the image.