Vernacular photography is at the core of my work. These photographs, common in many cultures are a window into identity and family dynamics. Because they are often disconnected from experienced memory, they are rich in creative possibility having the potential to create a speculative history or new memory. At first glance, they represent the normative idea of a traditional family photo, capturing moments in our collective culture. When I look at them, I do not trust the surface meaning. I know the camera has exposed another possibility and I want to create a story that is at odds with the apparent subject matter.
I have always been intrigued by work that explores a narrative without including the actual identity of the subject, for example, the work of Ralph Eugene Meatyard and Dada artist whom both used masks. I feel that I can create something much more interesting by concealing a person’s face. I love masks and everything they imply: concealment of one’s true self and emotions. These are personal images, but the concealment pushes them into the public realm.
I integrate photography with other mediums to include drawing, painting, and sculpture. I like to create a digital collage which allows me to distort various elements in the composition often making them slightly uncanny and possibly grotesque improving the impact of the work. At first glance, my work seems to have a sense of humor but the closer the viewer looks the more I hope they feel unsettled.
All of my original work can be purchased. Each piece in the “Moon Man” series has 25 giclee prints that are 11x14. Please contact me for prices and shipping details.
This work was inspired by an original image of my father holding a small WWII circa pistol. It is oil on hi-quality matte photography paper that started as a composite which I then printed and painted. The original is 11x14 and can be purchased for $250.00. I will only be making 10 giclee archival prints on hi-quality matte paper. Please contact me for more information.
Lost in the Desert
When I first moved back to New Mexico I wondered around the desert and found so many interesting details. My idea of landscape differs from my friends who are some of the best landscape photographers in New Mexico.
I am guilty of contributing to the increasing amount of “ruin porn” on the Internet. Ever since I was a kid I have been looking at the ground or been more interested in things that other people think of as junk. I will never change. Please enjoy my attempt to make “decay seductive.”