Untitled #46 from "Stories"

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Artist Statement

 

My Stories project first began at Columbia, when I became interested in somehow merging my major in photography with my minor in fiction writing. I was looking to create a bizarre, fantastical narrative within every image. Each photograph contains an anonymous character, seemingly unaware of the lens, whose face is never shown. Although I am playing the dual role of photographer and subject, these self-portraits do not concern the notion of self but rather the construction of a separate fictional reality. Every image is carefully assembled by myself, aided by costumes, props, studio lighting and posing. All these elements, along with the manipulation of a view camera, help me to bring a surreal and often amusing quality to the images. For this work I find inspiration in various sources, including film, the books I read over and over as a child and the occasional random object I almost miss on the street.

 

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I grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois, which is a suburb outside of Chicago. Crystal Lake is the kind of place small enough that it forces you to actively seek out your own excitement, yet close enough to the city to be able to escape there from time to time. I took my first black and white photography class at the local community college when I was 15 and was immediately hooked. After that, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to continue taking pictures for fun. I eventually decided, much to the immediate horror of family and friends, to become a photographer rather than simply making it an expensive hobby. In 2004, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography with a minor in fiction writing from Columbia College Chicago. Since then, I have exhibited in Chicago, New York, Miami, Toronto and Seattle, including an exhibition at Jen Bekman Gallery in the Winter 2006 Hey, Hot Shot! show. I was one of the winners of the Magenta Foundation's Emerging Photographers Competition, Flash Forward. In the spring of 2009, I received my MFA from the Photography, Video and Related Media department at the School of Visual Arts.