I photograph people; everyone is unique and I want to draw attention to each individual. I find that I disengage my subjects due to social anxieties. I subconsciously create an uncomfortable tension by allowing my models to pose and do as they please without giving much instruction on what I want them to do. Eventually their vulnerabilities start to show through as they worry that they may not doing something correct. It is this awkward moment of confusion and questioning, where my subject is in his or her own head, that I am able to capture them off guard.
Humor is the culturally connective vein in my work. My ongoing series “Route 66” engages and entertains with images that are shot very similar to my portraits; focusing on one particular subject and how it interacts with its environment. I research locations along the route, and create my own scavenger hunt to find them. Each of the locations has its own story to tell, and I attempt to depict it. I have discovered a more serious underlying meaning from some of the images; change. Many of the locations were once highly pursued, but now are skeletons of the past. Hotels that once catered to celebrities are now rotting shacks hidden in the tree line along an unnamed road.
While awkwardness and humor are reoccurring themes of my photographs, my fear of change is the most prominent subject. I live with constant worry that I will not be able to return to a place, or come across a person, that once brought me joy and see them the same way. I have concern that the image of that particular subject I have in my mind will drift and I will be unable to remember the moment for what it was. I use photography in an attempt capture the experience for myself and preserve these memories. In this sense, my work is a self-portrait.