I’m a translator by trade, and that still informs my approach to photography—whenever I press the shutter release, I know I’m translating my subject from three-dimensional reality into two-dimensional abstraction. For me, making images often requires questioning how visual context defines perception. By shooting a commedia character outside of their traditional theatrical context, for instance, I’m asking the viewer to approach and understand them in a new way.
Someone once described art not as a thing, concept, or activity, but as a state of being. To me, that encapsulates my experience as a journeyman photographer perfectly: When I’m working in the studio or on location, everything else simply fades away. Creating images is a profoundly immersive activity, and my aim is to create images that will surprise and engage their viewers.