Project Details

Client Self Promotion

Role Digital Photographer

Title Love, Death & Decadence

Dimensions 48" x 72"

The skull commonly symbolizes death and mortality. However, in some ancient societies, a crystal skull represents life. It is an object of pop culture and counter-culture, revolution and commercialism.

I created this large triptych from a skull-shaped bottle and was inspired by the cultish object in all its competing connotations. I sought to create a clean, informed elegance in the images, and found I had captured an almost refined product. It reminds me of a distant relative to the skulls that adorned Victorian-era studies and gothic libraries, but somehow also connects to ancient medieval witchcraft and rock’n’roll rebellion.

I was struck by how we voluntarily associate with skulls as art. There is a type of selective incentive to associating ourselves with them. What causes this strange decorative attraction? What is the almost cultish fascination we have with the darkness of the symbol?

In the center image, the front view of the skull is reflective. We see ourselves—our spirit, surrounded by some decadent, mysterious temptation. Our human spirit becomes decadence itself, vulnerable and unquenchable. The original glass object I used had at one point contained alcohol. Perhaps that is what inspired the blood-red liquid in the twin skulls on each side of the primary image. I was fascinated by the play of the liquid and glass and the symbolic implications a blood-red liquid brought to the skull theme. The presentation of the three skulls, I feel, creates a sanctuary or altar-like experience for the viewer in the gallery.

Project Details

Client Self Promotion

Role Digital Photographer

Photo retouch

Title Dystopia: Cloning

Awards Finalist

Best College Photography

Automatons, mythic creatures, and spirits are all around us. They are the ordinary people we see every day. In a juxtaposition of our mind’s eye, they can become the clones of an alternate tomorrow.

In this photographic series I explore my love of science fiction and its basis in deconstructing personal, everyday scenes, systems, and people. I photographed subjects, all of whom I have known for years. I asked them each to pose (or not to) for less than 10 minutes. I established no rules or expectations regarding how they performed as I photographed them.

I used the material I captured to present the models as clones. I placed them in tonally-blasted, toxic backdrops that were derived from the juice of my inspiration: part a reflection of their personality, part a reflection of a cold distance—a dreamscape perhaps—that as I created, felt impossible to traverse.

Each scene is presented as a tangible dystopia, far sharper and permanent than our boring conscious existence can muster. Each place teases us with a larger, deeper sub-plot and invites us to step inside to discover, create, and experience a terrific, exotic tale. Clones are symbols of both crowds and solitude, dominance and the absurdity of power, being and nothingness. I think by using these forms I can evoke an emotional response that frames the experience and presents the beauty that makes science fiction and imagination so real and powerful to me.

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