I lived in Shoreview, Minnesota until I left to attend Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. While attending school, it was my intention to study English, but after taking my first film photography class I switched my major in favor of Art and Anthropology. While under the guidance of my professor and mentor, I picked up a macro lens and began to develop my style in abstract photography. I returned home to Shoreview, and currently work as a teacher for a non-profit.
Art is a means of re-configuring the world. Photography summarizes life experiences and translates moments of reality into smaller, visually legible formats. Alternatively, macro-photography offers a view of the overlooked details of reality and abstracting moments by casting them as larger than life. I am drawn to this abstraction, and I admire other artists who work in the abstract, including Wassily Kandinsky, whose vibrate use of color and inspiration from music is something I reference.
Photography has grown to equate to the truth, though most photographic images are edited so as to appear more natural. My photographs are entirely unedited, although they appear to be of an unnatural subject.
I compose miniature sculptures and photograph them using a micro lens. My intended result is for the image to appear otherworldly, unrecognizable, or similar to an abstract painting. The use of color and the use of a shallow depth of field is intended to give my images a vast and other-worldy look.