My work I explore the theme of using a void for the background. I feel that my ideology comes from observing that we live in this highly stimulating environment that we tend miss all the little details in the world. There are things that we will only see once and if its not Facebook or Twitter worthy it will go undocumented, disregarded in our minds. We're nothing more then the memories that we create and hold on to.
I like to think I capture something worth thinking about and the void surrounding my subject is my ringmaster that tells the viewer where to look.
Series - "the Invisible Men"
Several years ago I began taking candid photos of homeless men in downtown Los Angeles, at the time, I was unsure of what I was going to do with the images. I knew that something was there, something ineffable. Perhaps untold stories or tragic tales, I just did not know how I was going to express it. While planning the appropriate approach I decided to eliminate the background. Some artists would have a problem in eliminating that element because then the scene would become unknown. For me it was more about the person and their situation, not their environment. I felt that by leaving the background as a void, I could force the viewer to acknowledge what was directly in front of them, and to experience an intimate moment with these “invisible men” that we all ignore to different degrees and that are ubiquitous to the streets of any city.