My fine art photographs and interdisciplinary projects are compelled by the connections, conflicts, and intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. The works are project based and weave together stylistic observation with personal voice. Experiencing place though experiential participation and observation is an important conceptual component to the work.
For example, one of my current projects, Confluences, is an interdisciplinary, lens-based project focused on the Columbia River drainage basin. Spanning four states and two countries, the series examines the interconnections of place through the framework of bioregionalism. The impetus for the project stems from a desire to learn and develop a sense of place through both research and direct, experiential engagement. My main concern is in expressing how interconnected everything is; that what we do in our own back yard has a broader affect on the larger world we live in. The rivers are an apt metaphor, as it is a quantitative thing that illustrates the concept literally.
Confluences is currently organized into 4 parts. Each part includes an accompanying essay and image captions. Parts 1 and 2 were completed in 2013 while Parts 3 and 4 will be completed in 2014-15. Parts 1 and 2 were recently published in Places: Design Observer, which is “an interdisciplinary journal of contemporary architecture, landscape and urbanism, with a particular focus on the public realm as both physical place and social ideal.”