Creo ergo sum

I create, therefore I am


Who

Being outdoors has been one of my favorite pastimes, so at some point, I ended up taking my camera outside. With the Blue Ridge Mountains in my backyard, I have hiked half of the Appalachian Trail that runs through my home state, Virginia. The Commonwealth holds about a fourth of the whole trail, so you could say I hiked about an eighth of the whole thing. Additionally, I have had the unique opportunity to complete a night summit on Mt. Fuji in order to witness a once in a lifetime sunrise experience in Japan. I have trekked and skied Jungfrau, the 'roof of Europe,' in the Swiss Alps, hill walked through West Ireland's Connemara wilderness, and wandered aimlessly in Colorado's back country -just to name a few exhilarating experiences I have been fortunate enough to return from and have a story to tell. Exploration is an invaluable, positive freedom that fuels my inner sense of self.  Thus, that one word to describe myself would have to be explorer.

What

I am currently a first year graduate student in political science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I completed my undergrad at Saint Joseph’s University in West Philadelphia. The driving wit behind ‘creo ergo sum’ could only come from an idiosyncratic synthesis of philosophy and communications studies. I like to think I can incorporate the former into the latter due to the inevitable ethical questions that arise from the evolving nature of today’s world of digital media literacy and dependency. To some degree, this is hopefully captured in my photographic work.

Where

Finally, I am back in the Blue Ridge mountains, a scene that I am fortunate to call home. Previously, I attended a Jesuit, liberal arts college which pushed me to focus on the relational aspect of photography. Community as an invaluable entity has been the basis of my education as I find myself drawn to the unique relationships that can be built through community service. Consequently, there are repercussions of pointing a lens at subjects and this is the starting point for my artistic exploration. I work for the rare moments found in urban settings and I try to contrast them with greenery I find in nature. To me, photography is constantly presenting me with new challenges that push me to develop both necessary techniques and an understanding of the relationship between the camera and my subjects.




When

Most of my portfolio comes from the Spring of 2014 during which I studied abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Travel photography has necessitated an adaptive approach to shooting new subjects. Arriving in a foreign country with a backpack and camera in hand was a dream come true! The majority of my photographs were shot in Munich, Germany, Interlaken, Switzerland, Vienna, Austria, Prague, Czech Republic, Nuremberg, Germany, Connemara, Ireland and Madrid, Spain.


I would highly suggest checking out some of my Communications Studies projects! They can give a more colorful description of what I have pursued academically based upon my interests as well as my quest for objectivity founded on a philosophical understanding of the world I inhabit.

Why

Shooting various subjects keeps me sane as I find myself influenced by a variety of juxtaposed thinkers, writers, and musicians. Since my senior year in high school, when I was unable to answer why I believe in the belief systems that I subscribe to, I started down a path from which I could not return. Academically, the conventional learning process becomes tiresome at some point. I draw inspiration from the creative process. If a photograph can say a thousand words, what is a word limit for a paper? Hence, my definition of photography is the art of crafting objectivity with light. Objectivity seems to be ephemeral, but when the shutter clicks, there is a brief moment of certainty. For that mere instance, what you capture in-frame is indeed objectively true as you behold it.

How

My inspiration comes from a combination of my academic studies, personal interests, and experiences gained from exploring. Visiting a handful of European art museums has influenced my approach to photography as an artistic medium. Personally, on a reflective level, I anticipate some new themes to appear in my work as a result of studying historical masterpieces. Most notably, I am drawn to Surrealism and Impressionism. Also, I have attended several operas this past semester. Notably, I was taken aback by (NYC) Metropolitan Opera House’s renowned visual effects. Never before have I experienced depth of field in such a bedazzling manner that was present in Wagner’s Meistersinger, especially since all of the effects happened in real-time on stage.