This mountain has always reminded me of a favorite film from my childhood called, “The Dark Crystal”.

This mountain has always reminded me of a favorite film from my childhood called, “The Dark Crystal”.

My Grandpa always had a camera around his neck. I remember being enamored by the beauty of the lens, and the rainbow gradient that streaked across the glass when light hit the front element. He would take portraits of family members but never really used his camera as a medium to create a form of conceptual art. The first time I really discovered photo, was when I modeled for a friend for their high school photo class. it was the first time that I had seen someone sculpt and manipulate light to create a new environment, I immediately became obsessed.
— Can you remember your first encounter with photography?
Meagan and I have been friends since childhood, I’ve always thought that she looked like the post card image of what a foreigner may perceive the american girl next door to look like. I took this photograph on memorial day in front of her and her boyfriends house, age 25.

Meagan and I have been friends since childhood, I’ve always thought that she looked like the post card image of what a foreigner may perceive the american girl next door to look like. I took this photograph on memorial day in front of her and her boyfriends house, age 25.

Dan is one of my muses, we are close friends so we spend a lot of time together, for this reason I think it is why he is the subject of some of my best photographs.

Dan is one of my muses, we are close friends so we spend a lot of time together, for this reason I think it is why he is the subject of some of my best photographs.

To me film is more honest than digital. I take the picture and I don’t see it, until after the development process. The colors are warmer, deeper and more true, they look and feel more organic than the sometimes alienating sharpness and clarity of digital.
— Why film photography?
This is a picture I took just a few months after rediscovering photography. I was in the high desert on a job and the skies were dark and moody, everything seemed to have a supernatural texture to it.

This is a picture I took just a few months after rediscovering photography. I was in the high desert on a job and the skies were dark and moody, everything seemed to have a supernatural texture to it.

This is one of my favorite photos. Not only is this church in the middle of nowhere but it has a midcentury motif. I like to imagine the kind of folks that might be here on any given Sunday.

This is one of my favorite photos. Not only is this church in the middle of nowhere but it has a midcentury motif. I like to imagine the kind of folks that might be here on any given Sunday.

Contrary to the stereotypes of a scene such as this, for some reason I find this room inviting.

Contrary to the stereotypes of a scene such as this, for some reason I find this room inviting.

I took this photo of my friend Max in upstate New York, October of 2015. He is a leather smith.

I took this photo of my friend Max in upstate New York, October of 2015. He is a leather smith.

The sky was too dark for my light meter to register a correct exposure for this shot, but it was too dreamy for me to leave behind, so i used my instincts for the camera settings and it payed off in the end.

The sky was too dark for my light meter to register a correct exposure for this shot, but it was too dreamy for me to leave behind, so i used my instincts for the camera settings and it payed off in the end.

I have always considered this image as one of my favorites. It feels extraterrestrial.

I have always considered this image as one of my favorites. It feels extraterrestrial.

I guess I would have to say that my favorite journey is the pursuit of art. You never really know where you are going and you never quite get there, but you will always learn something and walk away a little more accomplished than you were before.
— What is your favorite journey?
This is an iconic building in downtown Los Angeles across from grand central market, it has been scene in countless movies highlighting its ornate stair cases and detail, but personally I couldn't help but be entranced by its vast glass ceiling.

This is an iconic building in downtown Los Angeles across from grand central market, it has been scene in countless movies highlighting its ornate stair cases and detail, but personally I couldn't help but be entranced by its vast glass ceiling.

As I create more and more work, I have begun to realize that the central theme of my photographs seems to be finding the supernatural moments in the stillness of a scene, as if life were put on pause. I want my audience to feel as if they are in an alternate reality.

As I create more and more work, I have begun to realize that the central theme of my photographs seems to be finding the supernatural moments in the stillness of a scene, as if life were put on pause. I want my audience to feel as if they are in an alternate reality.

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