About

I grew up in rural Ohio and received my BFA in Photography at The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago in 2001. I was fortunate enough to receive a camera at a young age and looking through the lens inspired me to start exploring the world. I've been capturing images for the past 20+ years and spend my days sifting through images and running around at night.

This website is a small selection of photos based on several ongoing bodies of work. I will continue to update it from time to time. ☕️

First memory of photography?

My earliest memories of photography are of a Kodak Instamatic camera that I inherited from my Mom when I was 10 years old, making my first “camera” out of a cardboard refrigerator box, and turning a laundry room into a darkroom.

Where do you get inspiration?

I’m a synesthete and inspiration comes from a range of different sources. The places I capture evoke familiar emotions for me and as a result, I‘m more comfortable in the new worlds I create than I am in everyday environments.

What story do you tell with your work?

I let a viewer build a narrative based on their personal experiences. We all see the world differently and I know I’ve successfully told a story when my images bring back memories or an emotional connection for the viewer.

Image of window at night with strange colored stick on stain glass sticker.

Untitled – 2020 

History

1978 — Born in Columbus, Ohio

1988 — Received first camera a Minolta XG-M 35 mm

1994 — Studied photography At Fort Hayes School of Arts, Columbus Ohio

1995 — Works in several traditional photo labs exclusively in darkroom processing and image making

1996 — Cindy Sherman judges his photography and places his work for Photography Scholastic Awards

1996 — Receives scholarship to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

1996 — Showcases work at Corcoran Gallery of Art

1997 — Moves to Chicago to attend The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

2004 — Received BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago

2005 — Moves to California

2006 — Specializes in low-light photography

2009 — Begins photographing Bay Area 

2011 — Begins shooting high-resolution digital

2014 — Starts shooting to reduce insomnia 

2016 — Begins printing large format

2019 — Workshops With Todd Hido

Exhibitions & Showings

1997 — Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C

2001 — Carl Hammer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2014 — Everybody’s Ocean Exhibition, Santa Cruz Museum of Art, Santa Cruz, CA

2014 — Hayes Valley Art Coalition Exhibition, San Francisco, CA

2015 — Proxy SF Exhibition 1, San Francisco, CA

2015 — Proxy SF Exhibition 2, San Francisco, CA

2016 — VSCO Featured Photographer 2016

2017 — VSCO Featured Photographer 2017

2020 — de Young Open Exhibition 

Dead end street sight at night.

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