Artist's Statement (continued)
Now, I try to preserve in myself the childlike wonder one sees in small children as they explore their new world. I consciously take the time daily to appreciate my surroundings and examine the minutiae that make up the world around me. With this viewpoint in mind, the images I produce are my attempt to present the magical nature of our surroundings in a manner so profound as to seem “new” again.
I suppose I see myself as half photojournalist, half historian and half artist. Wait... Math was never my strong suit. Is that right?
As a photojournalist, I'm trying to tell the individual story of each scene or subject I portray. Each unique object has it's own place in the universe and a story associated with the space it occupies.
The history of our environment needs to be preserved and I find myself attempting to accomplish exactly that with many of my images, especially where grave sites and desolate subjects are concerned. Since much of this will succumb to decay at some point, I would like to do my part in preserving these objects in a digital format.
As an artist I strive to create artistic statements and, frequently resort to altered reality to convey the qualities that drew me to the subject in the first place. The essence of the person, place or thing that attracted me to it originally, is what I strive to illustrate via manipulation and creative control.
My influences range from O. Winston Link, Richard Avedon, Vargas, Maxfield Parrish and Andy Warhol to the advertising geniuses who have shaped out culture for the last fifty years.
I hope my work moves you to see your surroundings with new eyes, explore it as a child and appreciate your world as someone who has been given a second chance at life.
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