As the iconic images of hurricane Sandy started pouring in I couldn’t help but feel a tinge of guilt. Despite my relocation back west, New York will always feel like home to me. Because of the strong connection, I cannot help but wish that I was there, there to experience the storm, to see the invincible city in such a chaotic state, but most of all to document. I know this is naive outsider perspective and that being part of the destruction would be traumatic. But, I suppose that’s what makes me a photographer, I would rather feel, experience, live and therefore document the trauma then see it through others eyes.
Have you ever had a connection or desire to document something potentially traumatic?
A single man balancing eleven gentlemen on this shoulders? The Dirigible docked on the Empire State Building?
Believe it or not there was a time before photoshop when photographers and artist alike had to think outside the screen to visually alter an image. The result? Prints made from altered negatives that produced bizarre yet visually lifelike photos.
(Left) ‘dirigible docked on empire state building, new york’ unknown artist 1930 (Right) ‘american school man on rooftop with eleven men in formation on his shoulders’ unknown artist,1930
September marks my birthday month which officially makes me a Virgo. I am not a huge believer in astrology but the virgo’s tendency to consistently grow certainly describes my personality (along with being a perfectionist, planner, detail oriented, prone to worry, etc).
What is your sign and does the below corresponding quote resonate with you?
Aries: He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Taurus: To succeed in life in today’s world, you must have the will and tenacity to finish the job. ~ Chin-Ning Chu
Gemini: No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
Cancer: Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. ~ Benjamin Disraeli
Leo: I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. ~ Shirley MacLaine
Virgo: The aim of life is self development. To realize one’s nature perfectly–that is what each of us is here for. ~ Oscar Wilde
Libra: When I eventually met Mr. Right I had no idea that his first name was Always. ~ Rita Rudner
Scorpio: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~ Mohandas Gandhi
Sagittarius: Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. ~ Buddha
Capricorn: The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for you to hammer it into shape. ~ Bono
Aquarius: You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. ~John Mason
Pisces: There are only two words that will always lead you to success. Those words are yes and no. Undoubtedly, you’ve mastered saying yes. So start practicing saying no. Your goals depend on it! ~ Jack Canfield
Credit: Quotes found here.
I am beyond excited to share my story and the powerful role photography plays in my life.
Thanks for taking a moment to see what makes me tick and let me know if you have anything in common?
A special thanks to the incredibly talented Anton of Lorimerworks (he is a genius) and my beautiful subjects: Julia and Mark Kniesche, Tanya and Blake Wirht, Lauren Fletcher.