These are a few of the current projects I’m working on. . .


ARTISTS IN FILM

My heart in this project, of photographing artists in their spaces, has a few intentions behind it.
Being that I first and foremost want to expand the understanding and thought process of what an artist is.
Secondly, that I want to simply blend and share an art form of mine with another’s and emphasize what a privilege that is. Because I think often we are meant to blend our lives and passions with others more often than we perhaps allow for.
Thirdly, I want to highlight some of the amazing people I’ve met over the years in all manner of places, doing such genuine heart-felt things and who truly treat their lives as their proverbial canvas.
Last but not least, I am looking to stretch myself in my own ideas and understanding of what it is in me that feels alive and passionate about my various art forms through witnessing the fire and passion of others practicing theirs.

But why film?

I have found that it is within limitations that my best, and most loved, work is created. The shots I probably never would have gotten had I been given all of the luxuries and conveniences of digital technology.
Of course there is also a certain heightened love and appreciation for that which is scarce and in small supply. The limitation of 24 or 36 frames to document a story.
These are once-in-a-life-time images. 
Which is the definition of what a photograph is: A millisecond captured of an irreplaceable moment in time.
They images are the result of my rawest and most vulnerable kind of art.
I have to overcome a little insecurity and self doubt in creating these photos because I am not proficient in film and am not as practiced at documenting with it as I am with digital means (which is my paid profession).

And I think that is what I find most precious and special about these sessions: That these artists are extending to me a similar kind of vulnerability. 
They have welcomed me into their most sacred space, the place where they create and put out the art that they just can’t help but do. The things they go to bed thinking about, dream of in their sleep and then wake up with in the morning still on their minds. 
Because they have to create. 

They were made to do this specific thing, and they don’t know how to not do it. As an artist who holds the spaces in which she creates as very reverent and sacred, I know all too well how meaningful it is for someone to be willing to share that with others. 

You can read the current Artists In Film essays below.


 

Siobhan Watts of Bless The Weather in Hitchin England

Anna of Experimental Vintage In Portland Oregon

The Cowboy Prince In New Orleans

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Jeanie Tomanek of Everywoman Art in Marietta Georgia

 

SPACES IN FILM

Much like Artists In Film, Spaces In Film is focused around a more intentional and simple documentation of intriguing interiors and favorite vignettes I’ve found on The Road.

Film is one of my favorite ways to create, to document. Largely because of the intentionality and slowness and care I have to execute in the midst of it, but also because it teaches me to appreciate imperfections.
Blurred edges. Out of focus planes. Light leaks.
Some would argue that these are the makings of a bad photograph, but I beg to differ.
Because they are real.
They are raw.
They are capturing exactly what it was in front of the lens at the time, unapologetically, with no filter.

You can read the current Spaces In Film essays below.

The Jupiter Flats
Joshua Tree California

 
 

PEOPLE ON THE ROAD

I have been a life long traveller. I have photographed in 9 countries outside of the US and 44 of the 50 states within it.
Recently I’ve been living more long term on The Road and this series is about the people I’ve met along the way.

Documented in 35mm film portraits and tiny essayed stories of the impression they made on me.

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