I fell in love with photography because of its direct connection with what it sees, but I also think that it’s necessary to interrogate how we see. As a photographer, I make both “straight” and obviously manipulated pictures. I don’t see any real separation between these ways of working, but understand them as points on a continuum of photographic transformation. Suspended between a literal and direct connection with the thing pictured and the irrevocable distancing of the image itself, photography can function as a kind of metaphor for the limits and possibilities of our perceptual experience and understanding of the world. Landscape and architectural space—as a container and distiller of elements of the landscape—are at the core of my work. I am interested in how we, as individuals, experience the landscape on a phenomenological level, as well as how we, collectively, understand ourselves as a part of the landscape.
My work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Gitterman Gallery in New York, and the Cheekwood Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. I studied printmaking at Grinnell College, and received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University in 2003. I currently live in Phoenix, Arizona and am photo editor for Places [at] Design Observer, an online journal of landscape, architecture and urbanism.
Where You Are and Where You Can Never Be, installation view detail, from the exhibition Looking Through the Other End of the Telescope at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art