I have a master of fine arts in Visual effects from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in both Photography and 3D animation with a minor in art history from the University of Colorado Denver. I am currently in New York city, working as a 3D artist for commercials and films. I have worked three years at Kyer Castlewood Portrait Arts in Parker. I am lead photographer for the Advocate paper and have done many covers for Colorado Musc Buzz Magazine. I have helped out on Sports Illustrated Cover shoot, and photographing the work of world renown sculpture John DeAndrea. I have been creating photography work for six years now. Photography is my artistic outlet from 3D graphics. I will not ask anyone to do anything they are not comfortable doing. I am a fine artist primarily but have done several weddings, commercial, portrait, and fashion shoots.
I am on Model Mayhem in order to network with Models, Makeup Artists and my fellow photographers. I am currently working on a conceptual body of fine art work and need models. I can only do TFCD/TFP. I am looking for Models that are easy to work with and reliable. Dance, acting, and gymnastics experience is a plus but not required. I'm here to make art.
In 2006 there were 11.5 million cosmetic surgeries—96% of them were done for women. Through enculturation women are encouraged to conform to an unrealistic standard and submit to being objectified. They face unique pressures and conflict surrounding their body image. There is a disconnection of ideal feminine beauty that we are exposed to constantly in advertisements and popular culture, as well as the encouragement for women to feel positive about the way they look and its impact on their very identity. In my work I am exploring what I feel is a fractured perspective that glorifies women as sexual objects that exist only for the pleasure of the male gaze. I am interested in exposing the broken spirit of both men and women and the loss of humanity it has caused in our culture today.
Globalization is sinking deeper into a mindset in which everyone needs to look like a porcelain doll. We have idealized our fractured perspective of what beauty is, accepting that we must hide or change our physical “flaws.” I am suggesting that male insecurity is a source of the problem. We, as men, strive for perfection and cannot find it in ourselves. Women manipulate their bodies to mimic the ideal that men seek, but in doing so, they abandon their own identity and the source of their true beauty.
My photographic process includes a digital manipulation and fragmentation of women that have been transformed into mannequins to reflect their loss of humanity, identity, and the decay of our culture. There is a subconscious semantic relationship in my work that plays on images of pop culture. It retains their young sexualized female subject that is symbolic of our culture’s ideal woman. I believe this image has a subconscious power that our culture never questions. At times, it has been difficult for me to work with this subject matter due to its graphic nature and personally charged topic. The demographic in which media has chosen to direct and use this ideal standard on are my peers, men and women in their twenty’s, who have been victimized. I feel that my images reflect the truth of what media has convinced us is beauty. I am connecting the fragmentation in my imagery to the manipulation of women’s bodies for the sake of beauty. What defines beauty in our culture is getting farther away from whom we are and our natural beauty. It is this disconnection from our humanity that I seek to capture.