SUMMARY HAIKU #
Cook for a living.
Photography, just for fun.
I’ve known that I wanted to be a photographer from the age of 8 (1994).
I got my first camera when I was 17 (2004).
I started like everyone else, taking photos of my family, friends, flowers, and general surroundings. Back then, I liked to nerd out with 360° photography and macro stuff, Most of which was lost 10 hard-drives ago.
Moving forward in my career/life (from dishwasher to cook, age 18, 2004), and growing up in a small town, I didn’t really see the opportunity to pursue photography as a practical profession.
Besides, I was too caught up in video games to pay attention, well, to anything, really.
I spent my twenties moving around a lot, bussing from city to city, staging here and there.
Sleeping on couches, floors, and staying at hostels.
[this is what my twenties looked like in one of those things that millennials include on their profiles]
PITT → PHIL → NYC → PDX → SF → LA → PITT → PDX → SF → LA #
My resume was as equally eclectic, with esteemed titles such as paper factory worker, masonry laborer, and EMS Responder/Dispatch.
Basically, I’ve cut more onions, mixed more mud, washed more dishes, emptied more fryers, gotten more paper cuts, and been around more dead bodies than most people ever will in three lifetimes. I also joined the NAVY at one point, but they kicked me out right before boot-camp graduation after discovering a heart-defect while getting TOP-SECRET clearance.
I’m really thankful for my experiences in life thus far: but I’m happy to have closed the chapter of Looking for Myself and have started working on Finding Myself.
I picked up a new camera, Christmas of 2016. Since then (2020), I’ve shot over 40,000 photos and rendered/published about ~38453 variants to my site. I spent my first year toiling, getting to know my camera, and piddling around with different software. I spent my second year whittling away hours in open-source workflows. Most recently, I’ve been refining my composition (lighting, depth, framing, posing, expression, etc.), workflow, and portraiture.
My aim has never been to make money, become famous, or get laid.
The only reason I mention this is because I feel a lot of people use my mediums to pursue those ends and they’ve muddied the waters for the rest of us.
I’m truly dedicated to photography as my craft.
- It’s how I help people tell their stories.
- It’s why I wake up in the morning.
- It’s what keeps me up at night.
- It’s how I meet new people.
- It’s how I express myself.
- It’s my life’s work.
My goals in photography mimic my life goals, which are directed by abstracts based on: Collaboration, Community, Creativity, Archival, Agency, Absurdity, Public Access, Philanthropy, Art, Identity, and Self-Actualization.
Ideally, I’d like to be a non-profit photographer, doing caused-based work and building an archive that museums will fight over when I’m dead.
“Work hard in silence, let your success make the noise.” – Frank Ocean
That being said, from a practical standpoint: I don’t utilize social media nearly enough. #
- It doesn’t capture the sheer volume of my usual workflow, and I find it frustrating to encapsulate a full session into a tiny template. I typically get around 100-shots/hour and render out at least 4 different variants at 128MP. Besides, a word of mouth network is worth a lot more to me than a bunch of attention from random strangers. In essence, I’d rather spend more time behind the camera than anything else, and as of now, it just doesn’t seem like a valuable use of my time.
- I’m not a fan of data collection. I’ve searched far and wide for places to host a blog that does not harvest/sell user data. I’m really happy with bearblog.
I know the path I’ve chosen. I don’t need anyone to follow me.
[I’m not stupid though, I still have an outreach campaign I’m working on–I need to reach people where they’re at.]
Essentially, photography is my life’s work and flow. Social media while many see it as an essential tool for building their network/obtaining work. For me, I look at it as a necessary evil or a lot of times, just noise.
I shoot and process with the future in mind. I envision technology increasing to the point where 16-bit photos will be viewable natively on the web with internet speeds that make our current rates look 56k. So while many contemporary photographers are seemingly only worried about how things come across on Instagram, I’m building an archive that I hope stays somewhat relevant for the next millennium. Fingers crossed.
I want to make my photography accessible. #
Just like it was when Sears and malls used to do it. But without the forced Corporate policies and sh!ty public bathrooms.
I want to help people find their place. #
Whether that be in a relationship (dating profile shots), a business owner (product/corporate photography), an upcoming model/actor (headshots), or just getting off the streets (pet adoption/homeless shelters).
When you analyze human history, there’s a minimal degree of actual separation between you, me, and anyone currently living. I don’t find circumstance cause for discrimination.
LET’S TELL YOUR STORY. #
Let’s create images, videos, and art to be shared with generations to come…
LET’S MAKE IT A STORY OF SUCCESS. #
Wherever you’re going, whatever you’re becoming, whatever the approach, I want to support you in your goals in life or business.
LET’S GO! #
If budget were not an issue, what kind of images would you like to create, and what stories would you tell?
How do you want to be remembered?
How do you want your loved ones to be remembered?
[YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO IT ALONE]
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