For me, successful portraits are quiet-but-powerful; pairing strength and vulnerability with an authentic expression, all of which helps create a connection with the viewer. I'm interested in how people are shaped by places and experiences, as well as how to expand the traditional concept of portraiture by representing people using a combination of likeness, objects and spaces.
Highly collaborative, my portrait-making process is lengthy and psychological. Intense conversation is often paired with silent reflection and visualization by the subject. As a Canadian living in the United States, the stories and experiences shared through my conversations in and out of the studio help me better understand America, as well as myself.
I have published and exhibited photographic work in North America, as well as internationally. My studio portrait project, Philly Style, representing the personal style of 51 people, was exhibited at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) 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 Subarctic, I'm strongly influenced by documentary storytelling both in and out of the studio while understanding its challenges and limitations.
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 a wide variety of ideas.