Duration: About two years.
Staff: Me plus two partners, with whom I collaborate on creative and architectural work, and my rep, Blake Pearson, Visu Artists.
Education: BA from Brooks Institute of Photography. Much of my education was garnered while retouching at FatCat Digital under Kate Chase and Adam Moore. During my tenure there, I also had the privilege of learning from Jim Erickson, Eric Almas and Mark Holthusen, who all had an impact on my creative and technical development.
Cultural Influences: Places between places, Jan van Eyck, Courvoisier, exploring the city astride my scooter, Joseph Campbell, Post-its, philosophy and its requisite frustrations, growing up in the Rocky Mountains, anything on NPR, especially “Radio Lab” and “This American Life,” politics, late nights and early mornings, Amphigory, Barnes and Noble magazines with a coffee, solitude, being lost with my camera, my wife, texture, England and antique portraits of people who’ve been gone for a long time.
Environment: I work on the second story of a 100-year-old building, on the busiest street in Savannah, with fourteen-foot ceilings, giant windows that make for wonderful natural light, wood floors and antique chandeliers. The world unfolding outside provides respite from office tedium, as does exploring the Parisian import store beneath and strolling through the city squares. It’s pretty romantic for an office.
Philosophy: There’s a narrative element in many of my images. Not complete stories, but curious little moments. Like catching just a few minutes from the middle of a movie. The most provocative work is an image that inspires as many questions as answers. Retouching also plays a strong role in much of my work and allows for a broader spectrum of creativity. Approaching a shoot, no matter how planned out, I try always to allow for discoveries to evolve and stories to unfold in unexpected ways.