First and foremost, I am inspired by contrast. Whether it be differences in the tonal ranges of a black & white image, or the differences in culture, likes and interests of all human beings, contrast simultaneously divides and unifies all things.
Aside from capturing these differences, I strive to make pictures that represent a unique moment in time - one that will never again reveal itself in the same way. It can be argued that all photographs are technically one moment frozen in time. However, few capture haunting human emotion, the striking beauty of a vast landscape, or the loneliness of a derelict building in a way that hasn't been duplicated in the past. Like the human fingerprint, no two occurrences are exactly alike. I look for those specific moments in which people, Mother Nature, time and space all mold together for one unique, unforgettable moment.
"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
While studying at SUNY Plattsburgh in Upstate New York, I developed a burning obsession with the Adirondack Mountains. I plan to take this deep respect and understanding for mountain landscapes and apply it to the way I see and capture light.
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