AWARDS & PUBLICATIONS

HONOLULU PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 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

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

10000+ Photo Peer Awards on Viewbug.com (as of June 2017)

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)

Finalist for USA Photographer of the Year, November 2013

Published in Online

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)

Exhibitions

LAST EXHIBITION: 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


About

Veteran • Artist • Writer • Photo-er • Over-thinker

 

I haven’t been everywhere yet, but it’s on my to-do list. I’ve visited a fair bit of the world, though, witnessing it with the slight disposition of a New Yorker. The New Yorker in me was pummeled and reshaped during my first years in the military. A fast-talking, ‘arrogant’ (my accent made people automatically assume this), overachiever, was not received well in a group mostly comprised of less urban people. I was young, and I learned, and I traveled, and  I relearned, and now all of the above is a habit. When the habit fades I know it is 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.

Photography began as a means of solving the “no picture, no proof” argument when I used to do solo backcountry hiking in Alaska. I was stationed at Eielson AFB at the time. Since then it’s bloomed, wintered, and bloomed again. I now define my photography within two distinct veins: Comfortable Isolation and the Personification of Nature. I have been slowly massaging the craft of being a cameraman into a vision that is wholly my own.

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 is allowing 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 story. Pieces like SurvivorSolitude (and the rest of the Lonely Boat Series), Adrift below, and others.

 
 

Personification

 

Finding Nature in my photographs is largely a component of luck. Luck and an opportunity made possible by being out there and ready for it. I am looking for signs of life in my photographs. In Dance, the trees are curving and appear to be dancing and crowded while still maintaining that clear pathway for your thoughts. Like a labyrinth, it’s a moving meditation but in a forest that is alive. It took me quite a while to find a forest that was booth moving and clear. There are also images like Guardian with its multitude of faces (15) and it’s story of protection on the North Shore of Hawaii and Her, pictured below with its woman below red the waves as if they were bed sheets. Pacing the Sun, with its bird in the waves. Wild Horses, with the stallion before the stars.

 

Beyond...

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.