My dog Micco and me
My dog Micco on the streets of Silverton Colorado


Artist Statement

I use photography to document cultural landscapes and the resultant physical form. I am a self-taught, introduced to the medium while in graduate school and studying the works of J.B. Jackson. I believe photography and drawings of landscapes reveal how physical form (the built environment) is driven by culture as well as reveal the influence resultant form has on inhabitants. Resource exploitation, racial segregation, and a materially obsessed capitalist cultures all become self-fulfilling prophecies their built form steering culture in a psychology of landscape.

l am still a beginner to the medium, learning to understand the basics of exposure aperture and lens selection. Most of the time I shoot manully as it forces me to think about exposure and depth of field making it intuitive. Some of my inspirations are Walker Evans, Robert Capa, Diane Arbus and William Allard.

Equipment

I use the Fuji XPro and their fixed x series lenses- 16/23/35/56. Fuji’s system is small weatherproof and very durable. It's sensor captures a gorgeous spectrum of color. Seasonally I work as a mountain guide in the San Juan mountains of Colorado between 10 and 14 thousand feet in elevation so my camera must fit in a backpack, be lightweight and work in any weather condition. Also critical the Fuji system is very usable by horseback. Digitally I keep things minimal using an iPad pro, editing kept to a minimum with Lightroom. With the iPad I've found I can use open source software, Jekyll and Github to maintain this page to record my ideas. The core idea is be mobile and self reliant, not needing electricity except what a backpack based solar unit can provide and avoid the use of a laptop or desktop. If I can't do all I need to do on the hood of my truck or trail then it doesnt work. For a tutorial on how I set my system up click here.

Recent

In 2016 I filmed several interviews in “No Man’s Land” a documentary about the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon to protest a ranching family’s incarceration. The film was nominated for the Best Documentary at the Denver International Film Festival 2017, and nominated Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2017. It was awarded the Best Documentary Film at the Gasparilla International Film Festival in 2018.

In 2014 Awarded the Zilphea Horton Grant by the Highlander Foundation. This was used to research and document victims in a community ranked by Harvard's Center for Government Ethics as one of the most corrupt in the nation - Alabama’s 20th judicial district. A book of these photographs, “Save the Kennys” is forthcoming.

Education

My research interest is documenting cultural landscapes, the resultant culture formed and how that specifically creates myth.
Harvard University, English Literature, 2013. Auburn University, Masters Landscape Architecture, 2008. Auburn University, BS Architecture 1998. Auburn University, BA Environmental Design 1990.