Tell us about the photo series you created for the June.
This series was curated from two camping trips I took to the Desert southwest (2017 & 2019). Images selected were landscapes that feel frozen in time -they could have been taken yesterday or 40 years ago.
What kind of art do you create?
My portfolio ranges from photography to sketching and sculpture. As we are speaking photography – I will keep it short and sweet.
I approach photography with a documentary perspective. The artistic part always comes after, I strive to capture a moment in time, especially true of taking candid photos with friends. Landscapes are much the same, sun rays and clouds are fleeting – and true of this photo series, many of the structures as well. The photos taken of 120-year-old buildings in the Sonoran Desert are set to be razed by a contemporary mining company.
How did you get started?
Untitled – 1991
Orange Crayon on gypsum
Honestly, to pinpoint a time where I start does not come easy. From an early age I had art supplies at my disposal. At the time toy cameras, film, and processing were cheap and could keep a kid like me somewhat entertained. It wasn’t until I reached college that I learned how cameras work and the actual mechanics of capturing and image.
With this gained knowledge I found myself behind my first DSLR camera. I was constantly fussing with different settings and challenging myself with long exposure night photography. I eventually upgraded as I learned my favorite images were capturing my friends in the moment – which requires a faster camera and lens set up.
I still am fascinated with old film cameras, but for my approach to subject matter, it’s not something I have devoted as much time to.