Parsons School of Design, New York, 2004, no
Brooks Institute of Photography, 2005, no
photo, street, photography, traditional, surrealism, conceptual, figurative, abstract, film, contemporary, contemporary-art, polaroid photography, 35mm photography
Everything looks better through a camera lens. I picked up my first camera when I was eleven years old. My middle school didn't offer photography classes so I bothered my mother until she signed up for an adult photo class being offered at a school near our house. I went with her to every class. I started entering my pictures in art contests and experimenting with different cameras and various film. In high school I took as many art classes as were available to me and became the editor of the photography department for my high school newspaper. I did this not because I actually wanted to be on the newspaper, but because it gave me access to the dark room. I would finish whatever school assignments I had and spend the rest of the time working on my own stuff. I knew the only thing I ever wanted to be was a photographer. So Senior year I applied to Brooks Institute of Photography and was accepted.
That was seven years ago. I'm now 27 and living/working out of San Pedro. A few months ago I applied for a small studio space at Angels Gate Cultural Center and was accepted. Several days a week I work at a fine art printing studio where I get to practice alternative printing techniques. About three years ago I became very interested in something known as heterotopia. It is a concept elaborated by the philosopher Michael Foucault that deals with spaces of otherness. I started a project that I later named "The Things That Live In The Middle". The series is shot with a SX-70 Polaroid camera. The intimacy and magic of this nearly forgotten medium lend a hand in the surrealism apparent in each image. The book of this series is available for purchase on Blurb.
The work on here is all new work shot with 35mm film. The series is called Playing With Magic.
Still working on Artists Statement.