My photographs vary in subject matter, from controlled sets in a studio environment to urban and nature inspired documents. I’ve always been fascinated by taking elements out of their normal setting and putting them in an unexpected environment, hoping the viewer would see the objets in a different way.
For my “Still Life” series, I placed junk food and contemporary objects into arrangements, reminiscent of the Dutch Vanitas style of painting. Those paintings intriguingly communicate both a beauty and decadence that I also hope to have captured.
In my “Dead Flowers” series, as the flower dries/dies it goes through altered positions before the ultimate loss of petals. Petals twist and curl or some even look wind blown, stems bend and curve over. It’s these states that I find intriguing; the flowers are frozen in a graceful gesture or dance; there’s a brush stroke quality to them.
If you dissect man made architectural structures, you realize that they are primarily made up of geometric shapes. Deemphasizing details doesn’t only change the photograph into an abstracted image; it highlights the interaction between the different planes. The overlaid colors give the photograph a painterly quality, yet I held back on the opacity to create tension between the photographic and the abstract, making the end product reside somewhere between the two.