ABOUT

I explore urban decay and document the changes from past to present. My photographs evoke a sense of nostalgia or yearning by chronicling subjects that are fractured iterations of what they once were in the past. I prefer to shoot film because it contains a sense of depth and uncertainty that is now removed from the instantaneous nature of digital photography. Although I consider myself a straight photographer, meaning that I try to photograph my subjects as realistically and objectively as possible, I am most interested in the transformation from reality to photographic image and the lies that can be told in between these two states. I believe that stories dwell within the ambiguities and imperfections that occur during the process of photographing. I often shoot subjects at night, using long exposures to capture an image that is impossible to see with the naked eye. The juxtaposition of documentary style and experimental technique allows me to approach everyday imagery in a peculiar way.

EDUCATION

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BIO

I grew up in the North Hills of Pittsburgh and first learned photography from my dad, who bought me a Minolta x-370 SLR camera when I was eight years old. In high school, I began experimenting in the darkroom and discovered Brassai's incredible Paris by Night series, which prompted my own experiments with long exposures.

I attended Duquesne University, receiving and Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History, while simultaneously studying photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. I then attended New York University as a Master of Arts candidate, but left NYU to seriously pursue photography. I completed the Photography Certificate at Pittsburgh Filmmakers with my Pittsburgh by Night series in 2011.

As a student of art history and film, I became acutely aware of the deeply saturated visual media that typically evokes a certain sense of banality in our culture today. The modern lifestyle is constantly inundated with a myriad of visual stimulants, and, consequently, it is increasingly difficult to maintain an appreciation of images created as individualistic expression. With this in mind, I approach photography as unique, artistic endeavor.

I now work at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and teach photography at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. I enjoy shooting large format film and I am still exploring the fascinating potentials of long exposures, particularly the color shifts caused by reciprocity failure in film. My photographic style has been greatly influenced by growing up in Pittsburgh and by my father’s trade as a builder, which is evident in my Pittsburgh by Night series. This awareness for Pittsburgh architecture and urban landscapes has continued through my latest project, Palimpsests: Ghost Signs of Pittsburgh.

Located: Pittsburgh,PA | Contact: fstop41@gmail.com