Growing up in a small town of 2,000 residents in central Michigan created a very unique childhood for me. Without a lot of friends and resources nearby, my siblings and I often made up games or created a fictional world to be a part of. I was encouraged to go out and explore, be curious and make mistakes, and play outside, and be inventive and creative in the way that a lot of kids today aren't because of the environment they grow up in. Even though that looks much different now than it did growing up, my foundation is rooted in me.
I have been taking photos for 6 years now. I am still unsure of what I want to do with it exactly. I do know I love people, nature, and movement. Portraiture has always been one of my favorite genres as it really challenges me to connect with strangers and try to see the most authentic version of them, even if just long enough for one frame.
Not all art has to be practical or needs to unfold in that way, but one thing that has always stuck with me after reading the Soul of the Camera is, if you're trying to convey a narrative with visuals it must be in the frame, or the audience must be told the narrative. Hearing that has changed my style of photography and storytelling. It seems so simple but is often lost.
I am learning every day and always exploring my curiosity. I never want to limit myself to what type of art I can create. My goal is to paint and collage tangible, large scale pieces. Photography is a love and how I survive, but I am always open to different creative mediums.
Most of my inspiration comes from magazines, printed matter, Vimeo, and the ever-changing world around me. The idea of finding inspiration in unexpected places really intrigues me; you have to look for the unexplored and unadvertised. Maybe it's the concept that strikes my inspiration, or maybe the texture of the print. I am moved by the inexhaustible variety of life. Culture and community also inspire me. We are blessed with the privilege to go anywhere, experience and be a guest in any culture. Being a part of a loving, uplifting, motivating community has saved my life as well as shown me meaning. It doesn't matter where you live in the world— as long as you have community, you will thrive and be happy.