The Poetry of Images
Born in Venice Beach, Ca. and raised between Los Angeles and the wilderness of the Los Padres just outside the Ojai Valley, my work is a fusion of the urban experience and the insights afforded by the natural world.
Studying photography briefly in college, I learned to develop and print black and white film, the basics of composition, lighting and the history of photography. My teacher was very focused on fine art and taught about the ethos of being a photographer, directing us to examine our responsibility as media makers who have tremendous influence on society.
In 1999, when I was 22, I interviewed for assistant photographer at a journalistic wedding and portrait studio with photo lab and custom darkroom. Instead, I was offered the studio manager position which was just opening up and I accepted. Taking full advantage of the incredible resources available, I learned everything I could about film photography from capture to print as well as managing the business and within a short time also became a lead photographer for the studio. It was an incredible period of growth and opportunity which opened many doors and paved the way to a long and fulfilling career in portrait, event and fine art photography.
2013 “Group SC 2009” Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego, Ca
2010 “Autumn Lights” Pershing Square, Los Angeles, Ca
2010 “Group SC 2009” MOPLA – MINARC/Gallery Skart, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, Ca
2010 “FADA LA Art Show” LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, Ca
2009 “Freedom” Firebird Plaza, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength Is Beauty” Valley of the Moon Gallery, Ojai, Ca
2007 “Strength is Beauty” Ojai Art Center, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Liberation” Secret Location, Ojai, Ca
2006 “Flowers Within” Upstairs Ghost Gallery, Ventura, Ca
2005 “Cow and the Moon: A Traveler’s Photographs” Ojai City Hall Gallery, Ojai, Ca