Snow Series: Beautiful Silence
ARTIST STATEMENT (PDF)
My snow series began from a little backyard photo adventure to pass time during a snow-in. I stomped noisily through the woods and through an icy creek and up into a field to find a huge flock of geese. Boredom must have been what led me to chase them, then before me was a beautiful landscape, with hundreds of geese flying overhead. I snapped away.
Out of breath, I found a fallen tree, sat, and had a moment to cool down. I began hearing the tick tap tick tap of snow tapping on the ground. In the treeline, I was far enough from the road, from home, and away from wind, that the snow tapping was the only sound I could hear. It was so peaceful. Days later, I began looking for new photo compositions to revisit during snowfall and I pursued serene scenes for at least a couple years.
Snowfall provides somewhat of a clean canvas, and covers distracting background and texture. I love the snow series because the layers are so simplistic, something that can be hard to capture in a landscape photograph.
"Beautiful Silence" was exhibited at a solo show at The Delaplaine in Frederick, MD, in 2012.
My phobia series began as a portraiture assignment and turned into a full series project with the purpose of illustrating phobias in ridiculously unlikely real-life scenarios. Each image involved pretty intricate planing, lighting, and many volunteers and fantastic models! This project was shot half in my school town (Savannah, Georgia) and half in my home town (Taneytown, Maryland). Some was shot digitally, and others were shot traditionally via a medium format film on a Mamiya RB67. All were edited and printed digitally.
Bird Series: It's Not Because I'm Beautiful
ARTIST STATEMENT (PDF)
My bird series became a body of work meant to teach the viewers to appreciate rarity and uniqueness over beauty. To accompany this body of work, I wrote a poem and a statement, which are both very important in viewing and understanding the work. All images were shot traditionally via two medium format film cameras: the Mamiya RB67 and the Mamiya RZ67.
"It's Not Because I'm Beautiful" won College Photographer of the Year in 2007 (CPOY) and won Second Place in the PDNedu Photo Competition and was published in PDNedu Magazine. "Red Bellied Woodpecker" was featured on the cover of Silverworks, a student photography publication produced by Savannah College of Art and Design. I showcased "It's Not Because I'm Beautiful" at a solo show at TruSpace (now Desoto Row) in Savannah, GA, in 2008.