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    As I strive to connect solidly with my surroundings, I think of the photographs I take as a way to propel the discovery that comes with observing as it unfolds before me. I enjoy being out and about amongst energy of society, exploring the relationships and interactions that surround me. Photography has helped me gain a better understanding of my perspective on life, and to explore what it means to be human and in attendance of it. The interest to investigate what defines us as a society, and exploring the peripheral elements that combined, make the whole, is the glue of my overall artistic mission. There is a pulse that surrounds every moment, and to ground myself in it while I record that experience, extends my intentions beyond creating pretty pictures. I look for the details in life. A record of living, so that I might break down the pieces, to understand the bigger picture.

     For around 9 years I've been working as a photographer, but my passion for it goes back to my childhood. It wasn't until 2008 when I apprenticed photographer Brian McConkey, and moved into a loft space with 12 people, that I started to shape my understanding of the art, and what I wanted to explore. I began working for Time Out Magazine, and covered concerts and festivals for 3 years. Taking advantage of opportunities in the community around me geared my focus to the documentation of Dance, Music and Theater. I began to Travel, and photograph as much as I could on the road. In 2013, my focus in Portrait photography turned to the people that are connected through the Chicago Theater community, as I embarked on my portrait and interview project Meronymy. For 10 years, I’ve Acted and worked as a Fight Choreographer in Chicago and beyond. Meronymy started off a way for me to explore my life in the theater world, answer the questions that were developing in myself, and gain a better understanding of the people who make up the community I've come to love. It has become so much more than a perspective piece on Chicago theater, but a perspective piece on life, and the many connections between people. I believe in the interconnectivity amongst my areas of study. I've dedicated my life to the pursuit of understanding myself and the world around me, through expression. There is much to learn


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