Current location and where you come from?
Born in Chicago, Illinois. Currently reside in Brooklyn, New York.
What do you do?
Freelance photographer/video director. Full time, I work in the art department at Ford Models.
How long have you been doing what you do? Why did you start?
I’ve always experimented with various cameras since I was a kid. Just as I intuitively gravitated towards the visual arts, I’ve yet to find a reason to stop participating. I received my BFA in Photography from Parsons, and have been professionally working as a photographer for five years now.
Where is your favorite place to go for inspiration and why?
If I am under stimulated, spaces with specific aesthetics. For example, a florist shop in Chinatown enables me to momentarily live in a specific environment. If I am over stimulated, I’ll go to a dimly-lit room without distractions and listen to my headphones. If I’m at home, my blue velvet armchair in my room.
What artists, ideas, people, films etc. are influencing and informing your work lately?
A lot is happening in the world. People are reflecting upon society’s progression and chaos in various mediums. It is hard not to feel that everything surrounding me has an impact on the state of my work.
Artists I’ve revisited lately are: Picasso, Egon Schiele, Daehyun Kim, Uta Brauser, Paul Insect, Tom Wesselmann, Araki, Gursky, Basquiat, Hannah Hoch, and William Eggleston. Some recent films that have inspired me are A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Howl, Tank Girl, TOKYO!, Memoirs of a Geisha, and Ghost in the Shell. One book I’ve been reading recently to study gestures is Body Language. I’ve been listening to Burial, Volor Flex, Amphior, Aphex Twin, Pram, Deftones, Cibo Matto, Haleek Maul, Nocow, and various movie soundtracks.
Ideas I’ve been researching are always a wide, random range but recently: science, cybernetics, technological evolutions, hypnosis, vintage mug shots, silent retreats, Dadaism, photography as documentation, internal vs external, surveillance, performance art and geishas.
Who are you favorite people to collaborate with and what does collaboration bring to the table?
Lately I’ve been working with a lot of musicians and artists in addition to working with stylists and models. I’ve just finished directing two music videos, both of which have been amazing collaborative experiences. Working on larger productions and incorporating a range of creativity brings complexity and the outcome of a multi-layered final piece. The best part of collaborating is the pull and balance of ideas from a diverse range of minds.
Do you have any rituals or practices for getting into the creative zone?
Music and sound contribute immensely to entering a creative zone. But also burning sage and lots of caffeine.
If you could collaborate with anyone in the world (living or dead) who would it be and what would you do together?
What’s been your career highlight?
What do you think our generations creative legacy will be?
Street artists, drone art, 4D GIFS, and hologram artists.
What’s the most memorable dream you’ve had recently?
I haven’t had any memorable dreams lately.
What are your favorite places to eat, drink, and hang out in your city?
I love skating down Kent Ave. in the evening or walking over the Williamsburg Bridge. Mostly, I like to explore the vicinity of whichever area I’m living at the time. When I’m in Manhattan, I like going to the museums/galleries or by the water in Hells Kitchen. Somewhere deep in the Brooklyn Bridge Park –mostly just nooks where there aren’t too many people.
What’s something that you haven’t experienced yet that you want to?
Aside from traveling (right now Iceland is my dream travel destination) I would love to sky dive or go on a silent retreat.