I am a San Francisco-based artist exploring how the external world we build, create and inhabit affects our inner world. My work amplifies the unconscious impact space, form, and light have on our psyches. By encouraging a conscious awareness of our environment, my images evoke an emotional response to buildings, creating a sense of reconciliation, calm and a positive shift in mood.
Born in Champaign, IL in 1970 and raised in Arlington, VA by two cognitive research psychologists, art has always helped me find a way to connect the internal self with the larger world. Camera in hand since the age of 6, I’m self-taught in photography. It wasn’t until I shot the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin on a college foreign study program that I felt a deep connection to a building and the first spark of this international body of work. Although I’ve engaged in visually creative endeavours throughout my life, I studied Sociology and Cultural Anthropology and spent my career in software during the emergence of the widely distributed Internet and World Wide Web. After my father’s death in 2015, I was moved to pick up my camera and explore art as therapy seriously. In 2017 I made a series of images of the Colline Notre Dame du Haut in Ronchamp, France (for which I’m working to attain rights) which persuaded me to share my perspective through the lens and to start distributing my work in 2021.
My practice juxtaposes the temporary and permanent; I use images made using a digital camera (primarily a rangefinder, but sometimes even my phone) as a source to produce analogue, archival-quality silver gelatin black and white prints. I apply minimal processing in post-production, striving only to crop, sometimes making occasional exposure and tone adjustments. All of my current bodies of work are open-ended with no fixed terminus.
- The University of British Columbia, Master of Arts, Educational Studies in the Multimedia Ethnographic Research Lab, Vancouver, BC, Canada (1993 - 1997)
- Earlham College, Bachelor of Arts (Honors), Sociology/Anthropology, Richmond, IN, USA (1988 - 1992)