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.
Untitled – 2020
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