I am from Del Mar, CA which is a small beach town just north of San Diego. I came to new york to attend NYU and am currently living in brooklyn. I am 23 years old. I started taking photographs fairly recently actually, about 2 years or so. I took a basic black and white photo 1 class and fell in love immediately. I began shooting as much as possible and learning from as many people as I could.
I create photographs during both the quiet moments and the wilder times I have. I attempt to articulate how I see and operate in the world, by taking images that are meaningful to me and are connected to my inspirations. When asked about routine or how I take photographs, I dont have a really solid answer. I attempt to just be ready to have my camera on me at all times. I'm like a dog chasing a car, I get immediately interested in something and chase it for a moment. The expedient nature of that fleeting muse, however brief, is the thing that I want to get hold of and capture on film.
Secondarily (and selfishly) I like documenting how ridiculous my friends are, or my life is, or the beautiful people and places that I encounter. I try to have a sense of humor in my work, attempting to let someone in on the joke of how I cynically perceive others and situations. as far as projects and recent work, I did an album cover and some photographs for my friends band Cults. I am now looking forward to continuing making a project called "wilder, still." with my great friend and filmmaker Ben Altarescu, where we pursue adventures that we had as kids, documenting the process by recreating and re-appropriating them with our own twists and ideas. the idea is to regain the lost moments of youth and the specific feeling that one could finally do something bad without feeling repercussions and guilt.
I'm also making a book of photographs with my friends Emily Jane Robinson
and Lily Atherton that I am excited about seeing to fruition. I'm taking off in a week to head around the country for 2 months, producing Ryan McGinley's road trip this summer, and will be camping and traveling everyday, getting to experience the united states in a more raw environment for yet another summer.
The photograph of two donkeys having sex in this field in missouri that for some reason makes me laugh and other people sort of cringe. We were on the summer road trip and we stopped at this beautiful farm where there was livestock milling about. I turned a corner and was privy to a quiet moment of two donkeys in lust, and had to take capture it. I have so many other interesting photographs of this day and this location but something about the framing of cutting off its head gets me still when i look at it.
The one of the canoe tip, I woke up early last summer while we were traveling throughout the country and we took the canoe out around dawn. this river in either rural north carolina or tennessee (cant recall) was entirely covered in fog, some parts so dense that you could barely see 3 feet in front of you as you paddled. The palisades on either side were around 200 feet so it offered a pretty incredible spot for the fog to rest on the water. it was one of the more peaceful moments i can recall in a long while.
I was laying around my bedroom on a weekend in brooklyn. I used to photograph my roomate and girlfriend all of the time, to the point where it became annoying. So i pointed the camera at her and she put her foot up in order to block the frame. it is an odd image to look at, its personal and intimate while still maintaining a level of vivid abstraction.