I cut my teeth doing concert photography at various clubs and venues in Texas. I also started out by making promotional material and photographs for my friend, Adrián Terrazas-González of Mars Volta and TRAM. I ultimately ended up as the photographer for the industrial rock group, Ministry. Wanderlust and assignments have taken me from areas of the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest, and all points in between. I find myself coming back to the Southwest to document more of what I love; austere landscapes and old ghost towns, as well as a mix of interesting people from other parts of the world.
Method and Equipment
I employ digital SLRs, medium format and 35mm film-based cameras in my photography. I usually work on location, depending on the project.
I'm a minimalist to a great degree. I like to use the items that are on hand, that exist on location. A simple rustic wall, or an old building serve my needs for a portrait backdrop. Often, my photos of people are centered around the person's personality or something I've gathered from a conversation with them. I listen and try to get a sense for the people I'm meeting for the first time and who have been generous enough to allow themselves to be so intimately documented. I think it's important to have some sense of the people I photograph. Otherwise, I feel the image is merely a flat snapshot of a stranger.
Random Facts About Me
I wake up about 04:30. I love to experience the silence of the morning before dawn. I need a good cup of coffee, along with my favourite music, as a preamble to my day. I'm a bit of an autodidact when it comes to my education. I treasure my old cameras, a few books and some stubby old drawing pencils. I tend to sketch when I'm pensive or while waiting. I drive an old pick-up truck and carry around a Thermos full of strong coffee. I have a deep reverence for animals and unspoiled places. I bestow a tremendous sense of humour, often wrapped in a quiet seriousness.