January 26, 2014
I’m an artist and photographer based out of Northeastern, Pa with over 15 years experience in graphic design and 6 years experience in photography.
My design approach has many retro/vintage characteristics, but I often explore other styles. There can be a weathered or old school quality to much of what I create, but I often dabble in clean, slick design exploring shapes and experimenting with color.
For my own work I love sketchy lines and weathered text and I also enjoy the message and hidden meaning. I spend a lot of time in the small details of the piece working with textures and making things not so perfect. I’ve learned to just let things be and keep the nature of the creating very organic, but there are times I’m all about uniformity, bright colors, and symmetrical design. It depends on who wins the fight in my head that day.
Within my photography I like to play with tone and mood and I try to keep things emotional. There’s an underlying story even in my most simple photographs. Sometimes the story is there from the beginning and sometimes it unfolds as I’m editing. Some photos I let stand as they were shot and some I guide the moment further and pursue something more. I enjoy the chaos of art. I love the blur, the grain, and the layers. I love the elements of which lend to the telling of a story.
In a lot of my work there is a sense of darkness and I think those pieces help make my brighter and maybe what some may consider as my happier pieces to stand out that much more. Someone once told me, there’s a “sense of hurt” in my work and that was a great moment of accomplish having made someone feel something. The deepened shadows, the grain, the uncomfortable nature of a pose all add to the meaning. I’m not looking to portray doom and gloom, but maybe a depth allowing the viewer their chance to determine they’re own story from it. Their’s may not be what was intended, but I love hearing what it is they think it means because the art then goes beyond the piece. It lies with in the perception as well.
Broken down, seedy, sinful, and underbelly are things I finds intriguing. At times it is in the darkest corners that the light shines brightest. I’ve found a love and admiration over the years for exploring things that many may find unconventional. There’s a story in those places many tend to overlook or ignore.
I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the counterculture. There’s beauty in things the general public may not fully comprehend. Art is everywhere and in everything…even in what we don’t understand, agree with, or in things some find to be ugly. I try to capture that as I travel and explore. In creating my own work, I try at times to have something within it push the viewer. Sadness, peace, anger, happiness, and even confusion…those are all rewarding words hear.
In dark streets of a big city, the side roads of the middle of nowhere, even in the pit with sweaty bands and their fans, the lens is an eye to the world of where some people forget to look and I think they are missing out. These things are what excites me most.