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PHOTOGRAPHY

CAMERA // FILM+INFRARED+DIGITAL+DARKROOM PRINTING
THE UNTITLED CHILD
wet plate collodion photography

2019

Statement for THE UNTITLED CHILD
 

I still can’t say, ‘I have a trans son’.
 

I have changed his pronoun, call him by his chosen name, and enrolled him in a high school known for their supportive LGBTQ community. But after saying “daughter” for 14 years, the muscle memory of it is slow to adapt.
 

This collection celebrates the powerful changes happening in our household while honoring the child he once was—the child that made him who he is today. Because that little girl should not be forgotten as we embark into this new world.

Within Native American society, the term Two-Spirited is often used to describe gender-variant folks within their culture. I like this term, and the positivity it carries—it seems to represent having a foot in both worlds and thus a more thorough understanding of our collective world. As an artist, my hope is that by combining images of THEN with images of NOW, I can create a bridge between the past and the present, and help him carry both sides of himself into adulthood.

 

This collection is created using traditional wet plate collodion photographic processes. The top image is developed directly onto glass (known as an ambrotype) and many of the shadow areas remain purposefully absent in order for a second image to be seen from below. The bottom image is developed on blackened metal (known as a tintype) and is printed onto the collodion plate using a traditional enlarger, from slide film.


This is a collection that accurately portrays the current state of our lives—a family in transition, navigating an immense gray area of new topics and decisions, watching our kid figure out who he is. I have spent the last couple years making sure my child’s mind is healthy and happy, and that he is ready to tackle every great thing he has coming his way. But perhaps I have overlooked my own mental health in the process. THE UNTITLED CHILD is the most personal collection I have presented to the public, and for me, the act of doing so has been healing.
 

And so I’ll say it now, for the first time in print: I have a son. His name is Daniel.

The Untitled Child, Signature Image
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The Untitled Child
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The Untitled Child
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The Untitled Child
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The Untitled Child
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The Untitled Child
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The Untitled Child
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The Untitled Child
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ABOVE // BELOW
underwater photography, digital & darkroom printed

2018-current

This is an on-going project focusing on the dual personalities of water. The chaos above and the solitude below. The manic above and the loneliness below. Spirituality above and the weightlessness of the body below. Images from this collection have been published in Black & White Magazine, and Black + White Photography Magazine.

To The Depths Go The Fallen
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Amidst The Night Waters
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Above / Below
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Watervane
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Unscarred, Mostly
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Bands Of A Small Hurricane
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Under The City At Night
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The Buoyancy Of Water
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Arrival From Below
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Gone As If Never There At All
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Disregarding Sanity
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Like A Buoy In The Ocean, She Waited
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Umbilical
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Unbeknownst, Even To Her
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The Disappearance Of A Woman
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Treading The Unknown
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The First Descent
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Leisure In Liquid
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The All-Knowing
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Only A Glimpse
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BABES IN WATERLAND
underwater photography, digital

2019-current

This is a great in-progess series I doubt I'll ever tire of. Shot within a handmade water table, these images celebrate the slight disfigurement of traditional beauty using water refractions and miscellaneous yard debris.

The Logan Session #1
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The Logan Session #2
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The Logan Session #3
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The Logan Session #4
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The Logan Session #5
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The Logan Session #6
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The Logan Session #7
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The Logan Session #8
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The Logan Session #9
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The Jen Session #1
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The Jen Session #2
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The Jen Session #3
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The Jen Session #4
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The Jen Session #5
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The Jen Session #6
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The Jen Session #7
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THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S PLAYBOOK PROJECT
collaboration, digital

2017

This was a fun project I did with my long-time friend and frequent collaborator, Jen van Kaam. We used the book, The Photographer's Playbook, to plan 3 joint challenges with one another in an effort to push each other creatively. Below are my responses to each project. 

Someone To Blame
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Keep It Comin'
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The Feel Of Having To Ask
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I'm Not A Junkie For Your Love
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I Know How To Wear The Mask
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Don't Tell Him What I've Done
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Aura: Love
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Aura: Friend
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Aura: Self
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Audience: Self Portrait 1
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Audience: Self Portrait 2
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Audience: Self Portrait 3
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Everyday Objects: Fish Tank
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Everyday Objects: Photos & Books
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Everyday Objects: Broken Bulb
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Everyday Objects: Drawers
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PERSONAL WORK
film + 
digital


2017-current

Some of my favorite works are the ones I shoot for no reason. Sometimes they are self-portraits, sometimes they are of family and friends.
hen you're in my life, you are always my muse.

Self Portrait With Milky Way
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Self Portrait With Milky Way
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Sid With Milky Way
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Koi
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Self Portrait With Art
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Self Portrait With Art
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Self Portrait With Art
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Self Portrait With Art
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Self Portrait With Art
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Self Portrait In St. Augustine
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Jen With Blue Filter
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TJ At Convention
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Sid's Eye
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The Photographer
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Picnic
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Sid With Light Leak
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Sid On Couch
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Sid In Infrared With Flowers
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Flamingo
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Sid In Infrared With Fronds
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Dean's Girls
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Dean's Girls
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Dean's Girls
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