WHAT DO YOU DO?
Not so long ago I would have answered that I am a photographer. Over the last decade or so my practice has shifted to a broader use of observational technologies to render processes of perception as abstract forms. This expanded practice makes use of photography, digital imaging, electronics, field recording, book making and video(synthesis). (I am also, still, a photographer: a commercial photographer focused on business portraiture.)
WHY ARE YOU DOING IT?
The impetus for my work is about examining the physical and social (infra)structure of seeing that shapes my perception of the world around me. By extension, this self-reflexive examination serves to shine a metaphorical light on the role and function of observational technologies in larger social, technological and political contexts.
And, it’s fun to be out in the world paying close attention.
WHAT / WHO INFLUENCES YOU?
Ken Schles’s “A New History of Photography” (as well as his activism and social engagement). Gottfried Jager’s generative photography. Teju Cole’s sadly defunct “On Photography” column in the NY Times Magazine. Lis Rhodes’s “Dresden Dynamo”. Daiwoong Kim and Hyojoon Jo’s riso publications. Ofer Wolberger’s 12 Books project. Sangyon Joo’s “Grace and Gravity” as well as her Datz Museum and Datz Press. Wim Wenders’s “Until the End of the World”. Lately I’ve been immersed in the writings of Vilem Flusser, Paul Virilio, Byung-Chul Han, and Hito Steyerl. And speculative fiction, particularly Neal Stephenson, is a guilty pleasure that tends to blur into my work.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
My goals have always been relatively modest: do work that interests me and share it with those who find it engaging, and, beyond that, to elevate and amplify the work of those I admire. These goals are largely about forging connections and building relationships. Showing and publishing work is nice, certainly, and I welcome every opportunity, but it is relationships that endure and make each day exciting.