The middle child in a family of five, I grew up near the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I went to college in San Diego, California, and have since lived in many places, both in the United States and abroad, including service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and Thailand. Most recently, while pursuing a Ph.D. in South Asian religion and culture, I spent a year living in Rajasthan, India. I currently reside in Minneapolis where I enjoy spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors to roam about, and travelling whenever I get a chance.
Mostly self-taught, save for the invaluable insight and guidance of an older brother, my passion for photography is pretty basic—I simply enjoy doing it. While I value and pursue its technical aspects, what I find most attractive about photography, as an art form, is its sheer simplicity and accessibility. Regardless of the gear one uses, I believe the quality of a person’s vision and what ends up in the frame matter most. Over the years I’ve been increasingly convinced that one, it’s not necessary to travel to foreign and exotic locations to produce compelling and meaningful images and two, that the best way to improve one’s images is to look at other people’s work and take more pictures. My own approach is rather haphazard. Basically, I go for a walk and see what catches my eye. I find that I begin to slow down and observe things with a greater patience and focus. I love the experience of stumbling upon peculiarities of an environment I might otherwise have overlooked. If this results in a coherent project, so much the better. For me the joy has always been in taking the picture and seeing what develops, regardless of the time of day or quality of light.