Growing up, my Grandma never left home without her camera. I spent a lot of summers at her house watching her taking pictures of her flowers in her backyard. She enjoyed it simply as a hobby. Her photos as well as the occasional county fair blue ribbon were strewn about her house. I love her photos. They are still my favorite to this day. All her photos have one common characteristic, they are simple. There is nothing too dramatic, busy or cluttered about her photos. They are simply subject based and in focus, which is where my photographic style developed from. My Grandma is now in her 90’s and you can still find her taking pictures of her flowers with her Nikon DSLR. It’s a rather remarkable and refreshing sight to see.
When I first started shooting my first film camera (Cannon AE1 with a 50MM prime lens) I had no clue how any of it worked. I didn’t have the slightest guess as to what role shutter speed, aperture or even light played on film. I remember shooting a full 24-exposure roll, all of it turning out completely white, and not understanding why. Slowly learning how to read the light meter in the viewfinder and figuring out that the majority of my buttons, knobs and dials on the camera affected it was an eye opener, literally. I slowly started developing film with actual exposed images.
After taking photography classes throughout high school and understanding the art, I developed a passion. School bored me. The lack of real world experiences and knowledge gave me no desire to continue, I was destined for a career in the unknown. I enjoyed education, but sitting in a classroom annoyed me and I couldn’t retain any information given. However, I did my homework, studied little to none, winged every test ever give and graduated with honors. I dreaded the thought of paying for the same experience at a university. In my junior year of high school, trying to decide what I was going to do with my life and how I should apply my grandmother’s college fund to higher education, I noticed an ad in Snowboarder Magazine that would change my life. The ad was for Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, CO, and more specifically, for a degree in Professional Photography. I saw this as the only option. Nothing else mattered. This was meant for me.
Snowboarding was and will always be my passion. It’s the only thing in life, to me, that has no rules. There are no guidelines and no instructions; you enjoy it how you want and nobody can tell you any different. Photography brought me the same feeling. I knew I had to pursue it as I did with snowboarding. In January of 2005 I loaded up my car with a tuition check in hand and made the move to Colorado focused on the future.
I will always speak highly Colorado Mountain College. Though I had a handful of professors in college, one in particular really made me explorer the depths of my creative brain. Derek Johnston (http://derekjohnstonimages.com) was that person. His approach to photography and life humbled me, and molded me into the photographer I am today.
Since college I have focused on many different aspects of photography, but one element has always existed. Time. Time changes things, and in my opinion, for the better. Whether I can visually see time evolve something, like a person, or not, like a rock, I have always been intrigued but its power. I enjoy shooting subjects that time has taken over, forgotten pieces of human past, or the beginning of something that time will enhance. Regardless the subject, time is relevant.
Enjoy my portfolio and feel free to reach out if you have any questions.