This work spans a time period of 2013-2018. Contact me if you would like to purchase a print, metal, or canvas.
These photos are arranged by style and not necessarily by date. The main reason these images were originally made was for my own therapy and then when I started showing them, a conversation began with others about mental health. I do my best to advocate for myself and others like me through sharing this work.
These images were completed in January 2017. I have been thinking about light and shadows a great deal, and writings about them. A poem by Rumi resonated with me and inspired the first photo:
“I said: what about my eyes?
He said: Keep them on the road.
I said: What about my passion?
He said: Keep it burning.
I said: What about my heart?
He said: Tell me what you hold inside it?
I said: Pain and sorrow.
He said: Stay with it. The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
I love light. It's everything to me in my artwork as a photographer. In this poem there is an indication that suffering has a purpose, that there is a greater meaning to what humans and other life forms experience on earth. Viktor Frankl's wrote in Man's Search for Meaning, “In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”
The second image is an homage to Plato's Allegory of the cave, particularly the excerpt, "On the walls of the cave, only the shadows are the truth." I don't know about everyone else in the universe, but I find myself suffocated in so much information that it's like just watching shadows dancing on the wall and I'm incapable of grasping them, or seeing the figures for what they really are because of the endless barrage of noise and media and options and opinions! I long for inner peace and am finding that difficult to achieve with my focus bent on external noise. I want to face the light and find my personal truth as we all must to continue to grow, ideally in love, compassion, and oneness.
Those are my inspirations, these two photos are a good start for where I want to go studying light and shadows, physically and metaphysically.