I spent the first 18 years of my life amidst the cornfields of Central Illinois where I walked beans for my grandfather and worked in the town diner. Migrating to Chicago to attend Columbia College with the intention of becoming a filmmaker, I found instead that capturing a single moment in time with a camera was my passion. During these years in Chicago, I discovered the world of 19th-century photography and studied the methods of developing light on silver-based prints in the work of Julia Margaret Cameron and Henry Fox Talbot. Despite its size, I found the view camera to be an extension of my arm. The techniques needed to master it, together with the 19th-century photographic practices of albumen printing and platinum/palladium printing, helped me to develop an aesthetic in which the beauty of details and the mystery of movement can be glimpsed.

Meanwhile, I went on to teach a summer camp for kids in photography, where we made photograms, used pinhole cameras fashioned from salt containers, and set up a portrait studio for Polaroids. Since then, always with an artist’s eye, I have worked as a freelance photographer of portraits and events. A photograph, I believe, is more than a record of mere appearances – it conveys lasting meanings.

Currently, I am completing a graduate program at Mass College of Art in photography. My work, accordingly, has increasingly embraced digital techniques, even as I continue to pursue and refine my analog, black and white photography. Recently I have shown photographs in New York City and Vermont. My photo, "Skirt Triptych," was just chosen to adorn the cover of a book of poetry by the prize-winning poet, Jeanne Marie Beaumont.

Besides photography, I practice Forrest Yoga, am an avid reader, and love to go for long walks among the trees or though city streets. I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with sweet Christopher and two silly cats.
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