1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I like to think I am a fairly open book and, aside from that, am victim of the illness referred to as “oversharing.” However, I do not think anyone knows that I keep a toaster in my room. Sometimes a man craves Toaster Strudel (I also have a mini fridge), but does not wish to leave the comfort of his room, you know? (Or share with roommates).
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Photography is certainly my favorite hobby and biggest passion. Photography is the most fascinating of art forms, as it is capable of depicting both objective truth and subjective reality: a photographer is limited to what presents itself before the camera, but a photographer chooses how to capture whatever that may be. Striking a balance between the two, or deviating as far as possible from it, is what drives my photography. Other hobbies I enjoy include: frantically searching for patterns and recurring elements in art history, my life, and the lives of others, religiously and sneakily referencing films and TV shows, and spending money that I should not be spending.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I only have one goal related to photography, and it is the same goal that kickstarted my interest in photography: to discover what makes a good photograph. How do the elements and principles of art work best together? What moods and sentiments can creative applications of captivating and contrasting colors conduce? Can I truly convey the complexity of raw human emotion through a pose, just a slight tilt of the neck, evocative hand positions, and an intense stare? Or does a photograph need only be aesthetically pleasing to be good? Perhaps answering these questions will yield an answer to the bigger, overarching question: what is a good photograph?
4. What is your definition of success?
I have a very simple, two-step approach to defining success: enjoy what I do and do it well.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on. “Inundated” is my current project: a series of photographs in which I pose vicariously through a lovely and brave model in a bathtub filled with objects of symbolic importance, reflecting my sentiments concerning modern life and the world around me. The series will culminate with one final photograph, to be taken after I graduate from UNT in May. I also have an ongoing series called “Rebellious Reflections” inspired by a scene from the movie Mirrors, a scene that terrified and traumatized me as a child.