Q: Tell us about
your artistic aesthetic.
I am a visualist,
VJ, filmmaker, photographer, writer and painter. Every
piece starts with the impetus to create a visual representation
of something that I am currently obsessed with. How
does color move? What happens when light intersects
with smoke and sound waves? How are we destroying and
healing ourselves with images? Which images move products
and which images move the soul? I am engaged in the
samsara of the visual artist - the continuous cycle
of creation and destruction of my visual world. I try
to create anew daily, and in that creation, add to the
continuing growth of beauty in this world. As a photographer,
I'm drawn to capture excitement in motion - the moment
of the high note, the high kick, the leap, the sudden
smile, as if each is a joyful break in the clouds where
the sun spill through. I started with a black and white
Polaroid camera as a child and each time I grasp a new
tool, I am that child again, playing with a new tool
to make things pretty, make things new.
Q: Tell us how others describe your work versus how
you see it.
Some people have
said I capture their true smiles and a little bit of
their soul when I shoot them. That's because I shoot
and keep on shooting past the pose. Capturing a moment
is much different than capturing a pose. Others say
my work is like peeking into my mind, seeing how I see
color and shapes, motion and light. My mind is a fantastical
place and I seek to draw that out in the material world.
I would say my concert and performance photography represents
my ability to find peaks and motion in the performers
at any given moment.
Q: Give an example
of an obstacle you have recently struggled with or overcome.
I just came back from shooting interviews and aerial
footage for a documentary in Israel. It was a trying
time for me, as my life was chaos at home and I was
in one of the most tension filled environments in the
world. This year I lost my apartment, edited a film,
my business was put in disarray as a result, published
a book/DVD, fell further into debt, traveled to many
places and generally felt depressed and confused about
the world. Throughout, I've been reading Pema Chodron
and found some bitter truths along with solace. I am
remaking my vision of the world in a kinder fashion,
and re-launching my websites in the next month. And
of course, I'm looking for work. That, for artists,
seems to never cease - the search for meaning and the
search for patronage.