I am a photo-based artist, raised in Texas and living and working in Brooklyn, NY. I learned most of what I know about photography through my father, grandfather and photography books. My work is deeply rooted in memory and nostalgia, as a result I continue to shoot film into the digital era. Working with film and vintage cameras allow me to maintain a direct physical connection to my work that has proven essential to my practice. It also allows me to achieve a particular aesthetic quality reminiscent of the old family photographs I was captivated by in my childhood.
My project "Flower Mound," borrows its title from the suburban Texas town I grew up in. At the end of 2013, I started traveling back to Texas as my father was succumbing to a lengthy battle with cancer. Over the next few years I also lost my mother and the relationship with my long-time partner came to an end. Everything I considered solid within my life began to rapidly crumble before my eyes, including my self-identity. I turned to my camera as an attempt to regain control over my life and to save fragmented pieces of what I was about to lose forever. The images from this project capture fleeting moments of intimacy, joy and grief. Woven together they serve as a lyrical reflection on love, loss and the ephemeral nature of life.
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