1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I'm extremely stubborn and headstrong, and I'll argue about something even if I know I've already lost - which is probably one of my biggest weaknesses. I like cheesy 80's horror movies and Adult Swim, (The Eric Andre Show, Mike Tyson Mysteries), and I grew up on 70's and 80's classical rock and had a huge crush on Paul McCartney. I've become partial to underground conspiracy theories, (which is a fairly new self-revelation), and I like to think that nature is the driving force for a lot of what I do.
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
Art, for sure. When I was in fifth grade, there was this girl in my school that had said something mean to me, and in retrospect it was probably something really small, but at that age I was really unsure of myself - and people got to me more. I thought about that all day, and when I finally got home, I plopped my backpack down and wrote this short science fiction story about this world where people could communicate underwater. Looking back now, I think that inability to express myself and this need to hold back what I was feeling in fear of judgement in my younger years jumpstarted this passion for expressing myself, not vocally, but instead, through some sort of medium that made me feel safe. That eventually lead to an exploration of painting and sketching, and now, through photography. I've realized through shooting photos, I have this intense need to always do better. I can be proud of something I photographed, but this little voice is always in my head that pushes me to be the best artist I can be. I didn't have that with painting or drawing. So...I suppose you could say photography is definitely magnetic to me, haha.
3. What are your goals for the future?
I think my life has always been very unexpected, with a lot of completely random things that happen, which is kind of the essence of being human, I guess. All I know is that I want to keep photographing people and capturing who they really are as best as I can. I would definitely like to travel in my 20's, and to keep working on myself as a person. I want to say in 20 years that I did all of the things that made me the happiest.
4. What is your definition of success?
Happiness. To be able to know that I've given back to the world in the ways in which its helped me, even if it hasn't always been perfect.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on.
For the past year and a half that I've been doing photography, I've been obsessed with people as my subjects. I think now that I have grown as an artist and as a person. I'm more aware of the world around me and what makes humanity flourish. I'm experimenting more with color and film, and challenging myself to photograph things that I may have overlooked in the past. I think that's the incredible thing about doing what you're passionate about or even having a mastery over a subject - to see how much not only you've evolved, but your altered perspective of the world.