My work as a photographer is, from one body of work to another, always an attempt to create images that are a
cohesive mix of careful craftsmanship and personal investigations. I often work within tight aesthetic rubrics;
either in a specific style or with careful constraints on the type of equipment or lighting I employ. These
directives are determined by the underlying conceptual structure of the body of work. Additionally, I attempt in
all my work to make each image address something personal, to discuss ideas of memory, home, life in contemporary
society and the nature of life as an image-maker.
en suite|en masse
is a group of images taken inside hotels across New England and the Midwest. They are an investigation
into the relationship between our public and private lives. Focusing on the decorative details in the rooms, my intention
is to highlight the generic nature of mass culture, and the tension that arises from this false connection to our sense of home.
is a companion group of images to en suite|en masse. This group of images is taken throughout suburban areas,
most generally in backyards, plats, and housing subdivisions. Again, my intention is to look at mass culture, and the
trappings of today's middle class society.
From One Many
is my RISD graduate thesis. The project is an investigation into the nature of landscape photography. My source
material was iconic images of the American West made by Ansel Adams. I took these images, and built small sculptures out of
food that, when photographed, replicated Adams' original photograph. Showing the sculptures and photographs together, this work
addresses ideas about the nature of photography and its relationship to realism, iconography, tourism, and nationalism. My
replicas are meant to illustrate how photography, and Adams' landscapes in particular, contributes to the conflation of the
image and the place; of the iconography and the icon.