I am surrounded by beauty wherever I am. Whether it is the astonishing beauty of the natural world or the haunting aesthetic of a historical site, I long to capture the world as I see it. My only desire is to share the the beauty I see with others, hoping that they, too, will take a moment to appreciate that it exists everywhere, if we only take the time to look.
I invite you to take a moment to look through my collections. It is my sincerest hope that among my photographs you may find a quiet moment, a bit of joy, maybe little solace or just simply something aesthetically pleasing to look at.
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I have spent the last several years building my collections to reflect the love I have for forgotten things; places, people, moments. I believe that there is beauty to be found everywhere, often hiding in plain sight. I hope that by sharing my work, I may create something others can identify with; to provide a means to identify with one another and the world around us. A reminder that while the body fades and time marches on, memories remains.
Growing up in Colorado, I developed a love of nature which, in turn, lead to my love of landscape photography. As someone who has always had a passion for history, I quickly developed an equal passion for photographing historical sites. I am fortunate to live in area of the United States that played a key role in the expansion westward during the 1800's; a history that is fascinating but also incredibly tragic, from forced relocation of indigenous peoples to the brutal reality of everyday life on the Great Plains, as seen in the haunting number of children lost to disease, accidents and hardship. It continues to provide an opportunity for various collections of historical places and periods that I am currently working on.
My most recent collection, Cemetery Collection 2021, (which has become an ongoing project) is focused on local cemeteries and the wealth of knowledge and history contained within them. As long as I can remember, cemeteries have fascinated me. It is not a morbid fascination, quite the opposite, in fact. At a very early age, I found them to be somber, yet exquisitely peaceful. I come from a diverse cultural and ethnic background, full of superstitions about death and the afterlife, all of which contributed to my love of photographing cemeteries; trying to capture the hauntingly beautiful remnants of bygone times. I have always felt that walking through a cemetery, reading the tombstones, reflecting on the lives of the people buried there is my way of paying homage to them; of ensuring that, if even for a moment, they are not forgotten.