Back in my table tennis days, on the way back from a tournament we had played, I was discussing with my friend Helen my interest in and outlook on the sport. I told her that for me it was about the mastery of the process of getting good at things, and that ping pong was just one of many skills I intended to pursue throughout my life. She disagreed with my approach, saying that it is better to work on one thing your entire life to learn all the lessons that thing has to offer. While I don't believe she is wrong about the lessons available in a dedicated lifelong pursuit, my interest lies, and always has, with taking the lessons I learned from table tennis, and chess, and music, and all the other hobbies I've pursued, and applying those lessons together to enhance the total of my experience. And this is the approach I have taken with growing as an artist and photographer.
People often note that the quality of my work seems to have outpaced the term of my experience. If this is so, it's because of the time I spent and the lessons I learned from all the other creative endeavors I have explored. It's because long before I picked up a camera, I was drawing and painting and making myself a student of art fundamentals. It's because of visits to museums and private lessons and formal education. I understood light before I ever lit a photograph. I would argue that even my time at the ping pong table has contributed to my understanding of principles that now contribute to the improvement of my photography.
Within photography, I have worked hard to learn each and every style I've been aware of, and be able to reproduce it. I have shot fine art portraits. Editorial portraits. Fashion. Beauty. I have shot food. I have shot still life and product and sports and weddings, etc. Every genre, and I have done it until I was proficient. And all that effort has resulted in the work that I make now. I understand how to create the softness of fine art and pictorialism. I understand the intensity and emotion of sports editorial. I can reproduce the surreal illustrative look of advertising campaigns. I layer my images like a landscape photographer. I have the eye for subtle lighting differences of a product photographer. So why don't I have more varied work on my website?
As a freelancer among hundreds of thousands of other freelancers in the same market, it is important to choose an audience, find a niche you want to work in, and sell to that audience. That way, when a creative director is looking for high-end lifestyle images to advertise a product, they aren't turned away by wedding photos and food photography. People don't have time to sift. They need to know what they are getting right away and feel confident about it. So my website is rather cohesive, following a certain look which I have chosen for my audience. And the results have proven this a good approach.
As a producer of creative work, it is difficult and even a bit heartbreaking to hide a portion of your work from the world. I'm proud of a lot of work I have produced which never gets seen. But, as a creative who has also selected creativity as their sole pursuit of livelihood, it becomes necessary to enlist some sense and strategy to your presentation, to get the kind of work that will keep you out of a spreadsheet-making, email-sending, meeting attending analyst job (what I used to do). And, while I do have to send emails frequently :D I want to do whatever I can to be successful as an artist. I want to keep making art daily. I want to keep exploring and progressing at whatever pace I can maintain. And this is how it's done. Here are a few other examples of work you may not be aware that I have done:
All of those things have contributed to my ability to make the work that accumulates all of those skills into what I consider the most rewarding kind of work, which is the work I have chosen to display on my website:
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