Born in Detroit, MI, I have always seen a mesmerizing value in the sights many people turn away from. At a young age, my great grandfather taught me how to use a film camera and from then on, I was hooked. In pursuit of a BFA focused in Photography, I relocated to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, from which I graduated with honors. After experiencing the life-changing Athabasca bear hunt, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona in order to submerge myself in nature, documenting it all along the way, and have never looked back.
My art revolves around the idea of time--losing it, trapping it, making it. I create photos for a reason that I'm sure many people create photos for: because I know that nothing lasts forever, but sometimes I wish it would. Specifically, my grandparents. I know that my time with them is/has been limited and I struggle to grasp and glean everything that I wish I could from them while I still can. I create images of my time with them, trying to figure out how to cope once they're gone. What I create is a record of what is here, as it slips through my fingers.
Honestly, I create out of anticipating loss. As humans, as PEOPLE, what do we lose? We lose time, and we lose each other. Most of my work revolves around pondering the phrase "the time it takes". The photos I create, even outside of the namesake entitled "The Time It Takes", involve my grandparents and the realization that by the time I am finally in my adulthood and getting to know them as individuals rather than figureheads, I am already losing them. Through narrative portraits and still life images of their belongings, I am simply trying to understand my place in their world and vice versa.
In the end, I create to understand.I visit my grandparents. I see moments. I photograph them. Or, I meet with my grandparents. I create moments. I photograph them. Or, I go to estate sales, I see markings/belongings that resonate for reasons unknown to me. I photograph them. Or, I wish I had more time. I look at what is still here for me to learn from. I photograph it.