I'm a portrait photographer interested in how people are shaped by places and experiences, as well as what photographers owe their subjects. More recently, I've started thinking about how to represent someone through a combination of likeness, objects and location.
Highly collaborative, my portrait-making process is often lengthy and psychological. Intense conversation is paired with silent reflection and visualization by the subject. Successful images are usually quiet-but-powerful. Those featuring a subject often contain a unique combination of strength, vulnerability and authenticity while offering the viewer an opportunity to connect with the work.
As a Canadian living in the United States, the stories and experiences shared throughout this process help me better understand my current home while shaping my thoughts on it. They also help me understand myself.
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 and places. 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.
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.
I'm an MFA candidate in the University of Houston’s Photography and Digital Media program and hold a Certificate in Contemporary Practices from the PPAC.