Statement

I am a portrait photographer creating connections between people through discovering and sharing part of how someone might appear when no one is watching. I am also examining how activity in someone’s mind is captured in facial expressions or body language.

Highly collaborative, my portrait-making process is lengthy and psychological. Intense conversation is paired with quiet reflection and visualization by the subject. All of this is done with the goal of making a quiet-but-powerful portrait. Successful images contain a unique combination of strength, vulnerability and authenticity while offering the viewer an opportunity to connect with the subject.

As a Canadian living in the United States, the stories shared during these sessions help me better understand my current home. I present and publish the resulting images hoping my community will benefit from this exchange.

During my graduate work at the University of Houston, I will continue developing this process. Influences on my portrait making include Marcel Sternberger, often credited as the first artist to explore the intersection of psychology and photographic portraiture, as well as Paul D'Amato, Mike Disfarmer, Jess T. Dugan and Alec Soth.

Bio

I have published and exhibited photographic work in North America, as well as internationally. My studio portrait project, Philly Style, capturing the personal style of 51 people, was exhibited at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center in 2019.

Having lived and worked as an artist, journalist and entrepreneur on four continents helps me quickly achieve rapport with a wide range of portrait subjects. The founder of EDGE YK, an alternative magazine based in Canada’s Northwest Territories, I'm strongly influenced by documentary storytelling both in and out of the studio.

While living in Toronto in 2002, I learned to make images using a 35mm SLR originally purchased to photograph me as a child. Today, I see photography as an increasingly democratic visual lingua franca used to disseminate ideas in art and culture.

I am enrolled in the University of Houston’s Photography and Digital Media MFA and hold a Certificate in Contemporary Practices from the PPAC.


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