Sotheby’s Art House, Hamptons, NY 9/6/19
Art Basel, Miami 2018
Speaker: TEDx Tacoma “Beautiful Things That Are Gone”
Art Expo New York 2018, exhibiting the Aria Collection
Sotheby's Realogic "Park House Pop-up" February-March 2018
CAESAR’S PALACE, LAS VEGAS SUMMER 2016
Black Box Portrait Exhibit in Portland 2016
Edmonds Art Festival Juried Art Exhibit August 2015
RAW Rising Feb 2013
Honolulu Night Market Exhibition at CoXist Studio Jun 2013
Featured in Exposure 2013 exhibition in NY, NY by See.Me
Honolulu Photographer of the Year Exhibition December 2013
RAW Spectrum in NYC “Guest Exhibition” April 2014
AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS
Speaker: TEDx Tacoma “Beautiful Things That Are Gone”
Five Honorable Mentions in 2017 International Monochrome Awards in Landscape and Architecture.
One Gold and four Bronze awards in 2017 International Pano Awards.
10000+ Photo Peer Awards on Viewbug.com (as of June 2017)
Two Gold and one bronze awards in 2016 International Pano Awards.
Honorable Mention in 2016 International Monochrome Awards in Landscape.
Finalist in 2016 HIPA AE International Photography Competition in Black and White.
COMMISSIONED BY HAWAII PRESIDENTIAL FOUNDATION TO CREATE “HERO IMAGE” TO PRESENT TO PRESIDENT OBAMA. JANUARY 2014
“Lets Talk Landscape Photography” presentation at the University of Iowa March 2014
HONOLULU PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2013
Finalist for USA Photographer of the Year, November 2013
Everyday Hero of Humanity Award 2013.
Produced and Directed “eXposure: A Juried Photography Exhibit at Kakaako” at CoXist Studio with a national panel of jurors for 10 artists and 80 pieces of work. May 2013
Published in Print
ART BUSINESS NEWS MAGAZINE TOP ARTISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR: SUMMER 2015
White Horses: Winterfel (Australia)
innov8 Magazine Mar/Apr2013. (Hawaii)
Halekulani Living V4 issue 1, Volume 4 Issue 2 (Hawaii)
Published in Online
Speaker: TEDx Tacoma “Beautiful Things That Are Gone” (see talk above)
FStoppers: How to Make $60,000 in One Year Selling Fine Art Photographs January 18, 2018
Huffington Post March 24, 2016
SPACE.COM 101 BEST NIGHT SKY PHOTOS OF 2015 BY STARGAZERS (WILD HORSES)
THE WEATHER CHANNEL EDITORS’ CHOICE DECEMBER 2015
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EDITORS’ CHOICE TRAVELER PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST, JULY 2015
National Geographic “Islands” Assignment June 26, 2015
National Geographic “Cities in Black and White” May 2017
National Geographic Daily Dozen 10/02/2014, 06/10/2015, 05/2017
Outdoor Photographer Magazine Photo of the Day 01/15/2015
FStoppers, Photo of the Day 12/28/14, 12/29/14, 01/06/2015, 01/28/15, 05/22/15, 11/28/15
SPACE.COM 101 BEST NIGHT PHOTOS OF 2014 BY STARGAZERS (CAMP ZAGORA, MOROCCO)
Veteran • Artist • Speaker • Writer • Over-thinker
I haven’t been everywhere yet but it’s on my to-do list. I have visited a fair bit of the world though, witnessing it all with the skepticism of a native New Yorker. My first years in the military reshaped me. The New Yorker in me got pummeled. Labeled fast-talking and ‘arrogant’ (I’ve concluded it was because of my accent), I wasn’t exactly well received by people who hadn’t grown up in cities. I was young. I learned. Traveled. Relearned. That became my habit. When complacency sets in, I know it’s time to move again. Along the way, I learned first the camera, and later the pen. Today I carry both and they war with each other for my attention.
While stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, I faced skepticism about my solo backcountry hiking in Alaska. “No picture, no proof.” Photography solved that problem. Since then that documenting has bloomed, wintered, and bloomed again. I now define my photography as having two distinct veins: Comfortable Isolation and the Personification of Nature. I have been mastering skills but also crafting my art as cameraman into a vision that is personal and wholly my own.
**watch my TEDx Talk above to learn more about my journey and
the work I create.
Comfortable Isolation in photographs is a product of growing up as an outsider and growing into being a loner. But it is also a perception/representation of an important component of growth that society seemingly allows to slip away. Our character grows as the conversations we have with ourselves develops. The inner dialog where we battle our demons and mold our beliefs occurs in our moments of solitude. We have fewer and fewer moments of solitude as the outside world both crashes through the barriers of our attention and is invited into our minds as a deliberate distraction from our inner monolog. I’ve been creating these solitary places/spaces in my photographs to represent this dynamic. Pieces like Edge of Solace, Solitude (and the rest of the Lonely Boat Series), Adrift (below), and others.
Finding Nature in my photographs is largely due to luck combined with the opportunity to be out there and ready for it. I am looking for signs of life in my photographs. In Dance, the crowded trees curve in dance-like positions while also maintaining that clear pathway for your thoughts. Like a labyrinth, it’s a moving meditation at home in a live forest. It took me quite awhile to find a forest that was both moving and clear. There are also images like Guardian with its multitude of faces (15) and its story of protection on the North Shore of Hawaii. Her, (pictured below), with its woman beneath the red waves, as if they were bed sheets. Pacing the Sun, with its bird in the waves. Wild Horses, with the stallion before the stars.
As I mentioned in the introduction, this aesthetic is evolving into an entirely new image. Below is the image, The Mountain. She is the first of my Human Landscapes or Bodyscapes. Again, it is about finding nature personified but in a more deliberate way. I have plans to use both male and female models in more aesthetic, artistic, painterly, and visually pleasing ways than what I have seen in the past.