Artist Statement

For me, making a photograph is casting a gentle, discrete, open minded gaze. As I walk or sit with my camera, I blend in with the crowd, a quiet passerby. On the few occasions I'm noticed, the attention passes quickly for it's somehow understood: I'm just watching people, observing, learning, looking at anonymous figures that are stand-ins for "us". At a deeper level though, I'm looking at the character, complexities, contradictions, and multiplicities of our actions in trying to achieve a sense of belonging, connection, whether it's within ourselves, with others or our surroundings.

I render my observations and reflections with what I have found to be the visual language equivalents to the verbal language of lyrical poetry: form, metaphor, rhythm, tone, pattern, open and equivocal narratives. It's a poetic form that speaks from an individual's perspective, with emotion, and a carefully measured amount of ambiguity. For while science is our finest instrument of knowledge, and philosophy the best place to turn with questions of meaning, lyrical poems and images remain for me the richest territories to consider all that remains layered and without simple answers.