I photograph things. Obvious statement, I know, but sometimes it’s easiest to define one’s work in the simplest terms. I also feel like the directness of such a simple statement alludes to my personal aesthetic. My work is very direct. It is formalist, and, I hope, requires little interpretation. I prefer to create images which are visually powerful and captivate the viewer, and I try to leave little to the imagination.
      My chosen medium, photography, currently finds itself in a bit of a crisis. Digital photography has largely replaced traditional, and amateurs can feign skill with a few clicks of the mouse. Even fine art photography favors digital imaging when expedience is necessary. But there is truly nothing that compares to a gelatin silver print made from a negative shot with a camera whose technology was outdated before I could walk. It’s alchemy. Each print is a unique artwork. No matter how obsessively precise you are (and I am damn obsessive) no two are identical.
      In recent years I have found myself increasingly dissatisfied with much of our societal obsession with convenience. The work of the master craftsman, the seasoned artist, the steady hand repeating and refining its trade, have all fallen into disuse in favor of quick fix, easy buy, some assembly required, instant gratification. I feel that my current work is a rebellion, of sorts. Not so much an incitement to all, but a personal statement of appreciation for the things that take time, practice and skill. This project is intended to document trades, skills and pastimes which are becoming antiquated, devalued, or at worst, forgotten altogether. Examples of these trades include Woodworking, Meatcutting (or Butchery), Pipe making/smoking, farming/gardening, Metalworking/Welding/ Metal Fabrication, and, closest to my heart, Traditional Photography.