For me, photography is the happy ambiguity of authorship – the world announces itself, full and intimate, and through the mere act of witness, the camera-eye-mind axis trades this initially overflowing yet coherent wave of experience for a rectangular microcosm that paradoxically both reflects and mutates an essence properly expressed only in the balance between the observed and observer. Herein every engagement becomes thick with ethical implication, the creator’s conscience striving to recast harmony (or fitting disharmony) through the breadth of his treatment. In the shadow of irony, my success is inversely related to my sense of involvement.
I’ve intensively snapped frames since a 2003 post-collegiate jaunt to Southeast Asia, where I explored the wonderful visual palette of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, retrospectively piecing together portfolios spotlighting the youth; rustic landscapes; and variegated, sun-tattered architecture of the nations of that region. I have had work published in, among others, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Daily Herald, Music Inc., Modern Luxury, and Suburban Focus, have spent the last five wedding seasons shooting for Bella Pictures and Pawinski Photography, and have recently partnered with Steppenwolf Theater, The Court Theater, BidPal, The Gordon Group, Westin, and The Yury Shulman School of Chess.
I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, winning 2001 Student-Athlete of the Year and the 2002 Vanderbilt Film Festival Grand Prize for my short film, Versus. When not shooting, I teach LSAT, SAT, and ACT preparation as a Master Teacher and Master Tutor for the Princeton Review, ravenously digest books of every genre (with a particular fondness for Martin Buber, Soren Kierkegaard, and anyone else with an uneven affinity for the beautifully absurd), and burn calories trekking my squirrel-shaped mutt around the various expansive dog parks of northern Illinois. I’m also smitten with international sojourns and take recommendations in pictorial or written form whenever they’re offered.