Growing up my Grandmother was always artistic, crafting, painting, creating, it was here that I started to catch the bug. She encouraged me to see things differently, to create, to explore, to dream. Around 10 I found Photography, the family camera would tend to go missing. Saving my allowance I would buy rolls of film to photograph anything and everything around.
At 14 I began to venture to the Rockies with my friends to snowboard some of the most amazing mountains in the world and of course the camera was in tow. An old 35mm Minolta! When I turned 21 I moved to Toronto and attended Film school where I learned how to create motion picture films and television production. Something just kept calling me back to photography though.
Since college I have taught myself many of the photographic techniques I use today, continuously studying the works of photographers old and new. Some of those whom inspire me are Ansel Adams, Peter Lik, Nick Brandt and Platon. I use their work to propel my own and push myself to be that much better tomorrow.
My work is what molds my world, I see the earth and people differently now. I see it with more empathy and compassion. It is through photography where I found myself and I hope my work can affect others in the same way.
Over the past year few years I have been trying to figure out what photography means to me and what I wanted my work to achieve. I began to think about how much negativity, suffering and destruction there is in the world. When we are faced with constant news of violence and loss it can make it seam like there is no hope. It does not have to be that way, we all have a choice and sometimes that choice just needs encouragement.
So this is my mission, my guiding light
To inspire others to do the best they can, to succeed and to be strong enough to fail, to be better than they were the day before.
To find love for one another despite differences, to ignite a passion for making a difference. To give more than we take and leave the world better than we found it.
My latest project titled “=“ is aimed at bringing solace and hope to those whom experience racism, oppression, objectification, prejudice, etc. To show the world that we are all the same deep down inside, to show hate is not our true nature, that love is what will heal us.
We are all =