I grew up in Logan Square on the North side of Chicago. I drew, painted and made LEGO creations from an early age. I thank my parents for sending me to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for non-degree courses from age 11 until 18.
In high school I was the kid with an SLR (Olympus OM-10) around his neck everyday. If it were a DSLR I would have used it more: film was too expensive and the lag time between shutter press and printed photo made it too abstract for me. I needed more immediate results. So at the end of high school, when I took a darkroom course at SAIC, it finally…well, “clicked”.
But it didn’t stick. I went the English route in college. I continued with painting and drawing courses, and kept my SLR close, but didn’t pursue an education in visual art seriously.
In 2006, eight years after graduating, I got sick of not being creative. I hired models to pose nude in my apartment while I sketched them in charcoal. I soon bought a Canon A540 to preserve their poses for in-depth figure studies and began re-teaching myself everything I know about photography. It wasn’t long before put the charcoal away and tried walking in the footsteps of Weston, Newton, and Richardson as a photographer of the artistic nude.
Every digital photographer should start with a cheap digital camera that has fully manual settings. I now have a Canon EOS Rebel T1i and a pair of A540′s that I use for stereo-photography. My film cameras are a Canon EOS Rebel Xs, a Canon EF-M and a Polaroid One Step 600.
I design and code websites for a living.
Visit my blog, Dragonize.
Visit my graffiti site, GraffNet.
Visit my ModelMayhem profile.
NY Arts Magazine (March/April 2009 issue)
“Letting the Guard Down”
“A Girl and a Bucket”
“Alex, The Next Sequence (Frame 6)”