Tell us a little about yourself:
I’m a recent graduate from DePaul University. In addition to my photography, I work freelance in film as a set dresser, builder, and designer. I grew up in the south suburbs so Chicago has always been home, although I try to travel as often as possible.
What kinds of art do you create?
Travel photography is my primary creative focus at the moment, although I’m very new to that lifestyle. The work I do when I travel is the kind of work I get most excited to share. My experiences, and the way I take them in, can be translated through my photos and hopefully encourage others to see more of the world themselves. My experience as a set designer has given my an endless artistic outlet as well. Every single day on set is entirely different from the next, and working in the art department, there’s always some creative challenge for us to get at.
How did you get started?
My “plan” was to work in film, move to LA, become a production designer, casually win an Oscar, etc. Then, last year when I solo-traveled for the first time with my backpack and my camera, I become almost obsessed with the lifestyle. I began planning more trips and learning how to become a better photographer. It’s one thing to have the eye for it and know what you want captured, but then to be able to properly make that happen with your camera becomes it’s own challenge. Recently, I went camping in Alberta, Canada with 150 other travel photographers and creators. I learned more than I ever could have on my own about how to make travelling for work a reality, and now I know 150 people to collaborate with as well.
In one sentence, briefly describe your artistic style:
My artistic style changes as I do, but right now that style is minimal within nature as well as moody with earthy tones.