“A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.” — Diane Arbus
Night occupies a prominent space in the murky area between dreams and reality. But night is a tricky canvas. When our vision is obscured, we misperceive our surroundings, and things don’t always add up. The interplay of light and movement can distort our perception and our awareness. Yet our innate powers of pattern recognition enable us to stitch together a sense of place or even intuit an emotion from the barest of details. These nocturnal images spotlight our urban anxieties — and false impressions that can happen in the blink of a shutter.
Work from the series Unrealized has been selected in 2018 juried competitions by Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, and The Photo Review, a publication. The series is also featured in my photo book entitled “Not Knowing”. In the spring of 2019, my work will appear in a BAPC group show at KYOTOGRAPHIE in Japan.
The Unrealized images were shot primarily in San Francisco, Oakland and Southern California in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
I rarely think about time when I'm in the zone and shooting photographs, and I try never to rush my experience. But the reality is time is always a factor.
The light is becoming too bright. Or it's almost too dark. People in this neighborhood are starting to hit the streets. It may rain soon. Or someone is texting me and I need to be somewhere else.
Yet I have a much larger personal concern about time ... and I feel it even as I write these words to you. I believe that through photography we can capture and reveal the meaning of these moments. The "In a Haze" series is my ongoing attempt to come to grips with those feelings and concerns about time.
One constant in my work is a quest to find fresh and engaging subject matter outside of a studio or digital workspace. These images were shot in 2016 and 2017 in San Francisco, Oakland, New Orleans and San Diego.
In a Haze
I’ve always admired artists who strive to unshackle themselves from convention. Time is an inexorable force that through photography we can try to harness or at least learn to soften its edges.
The "In a Haze" series presents abstract, impressionistic interpretations of some of my favorite waterfront and urban places. These images are mostly the result of shooting long exposures combined with intentional camera movement techniques (in other words, it's in camera). Our San Francisco Bay climate provided the lovely haze.
Most of these images were shot in morning light along SF Bay; several were captured in La Jolla and Carmel, Ca. All were shot in 2016 and 2017.
In April, four images from Unrealized will appear in a BAPC group show at KYOTOGRAPHIE in Japan.
In December, 2018, my image “The Office,” was named a winner in a juried competition by The Photo Review.
Also, in December, 2018, three images from my series Extensions were included in a juried group exhibition called “Advanced,” in California State Sen. Scott Wiener’s San Francisco office. The three images were Patchwork, Industrious and Canned Heat.
In September, 2018 my image “Sublimation” was included in Photo Shoot: 2018, a juried group show at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon.
In 2018 I joined the Bay Area Photographers Collective, a nonprofit organization with photographers who are dedicated to honing their craft and creativity.
In 2016, I had my first two public exhibitions.
A little more about me ...
I've been shooting photos since I was a teen and had a photo published in a San Francisco newspaper before I graduated from journalism school. I've created content my entire career; in recent years, I've pursued my dream to explore fine arts photography.
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