railroadrust asked: Hey there! I am a huge fan of your pictures! I was wondering what caused you to start photography and what type of camera you use. I love the way you use light an angles. It's so pretty. Supportively & admiringly, a big fan.
Thank you very much! I always knew I would be in some artistic field seeing as that’s where my talents lay but it wasn’t always my goal to be a photographer. When I was a child I would look out the window of whatever car I was riding in and think that I’d like to be the person who designed postcards. I would mentally crop the perfect spots in the scenery that looked the best. I didn’t realize at the time that that’s what photography is. I just knew that I was viewing the world and finding the most beautiful parts. My goal in life was much more vague - I just wanted to grow up and be an artist. I could always draw but I didn’t enjoy the task of it. I have natural talent but it doesn’t come easily if that makes sense. When I was in high school I was looking through the October 1999 issue of Vogue and came across an image of Kate Moss by Annie Leibovitz. It totally changed my world. It was then that I realized that I could create something as beautiful as a painting with a camera. I cut it from the magazine and pinned it to my wall. That very minute I knew what direction I wanted my life to take.
Soon after, I went out and bought my first camera and started shooting. But not people. I’ve always been a very shy person and I’ve never liked people looking at me. I started with bugs and flowers and about a million pictures of my three cats. I would even set up little scenes of suicidal chipmunks that my cats would leave at my doorstep.
It wasn’t until my fourth quarter in college that I found my love for portraiture. I found that I could create a world for a human subject much like I was already doing with creatures just on a much larger scale. It became my favorite thing to do and I picked my friends off one by one to model for me. My friends are very beautiful.
And then I didn’t stop. My love for dead, dark and dreamlike is still evident in my work today.
Almost all of my work has been shot with a Canon except for work on film I did in college. I currently use the Canon 5D Mark II and I love it.