My photographs are not about beauty, but I do think they are beautiful. I am interested in expressing humanness through the way the camera addresses connection, vulnerability, and explores the side of the individual that is rarely seen.
Like many others, I too am inspired by photographers such as Francesco Scavullo, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus and Weegee – these were teachers who did not speak back, but within their silent pictures I’ve learned a visual language that spoke towards my curiosity of people and the camera’s respect for distinctiveness.
My portrait subjects take on a performance like quality, dignified with an air of importance and serenity. I admire the connection that I am able to achieve with my subjects through recognizing a shared exchange of vulnerability and permission – to step outside of the everyday in hopes of exposing the human condition.