I am an enduring conviction that photojournalism is art. For over a thousand years, artists have endeavored to tell stories through the events captured on their canvases. From Yokoyama Taikan’s inspiring Mountain after a Shower, to J.M.W. Turner’s brilliant Snow Storm—Steam-Boat off a Harbour’s Mouth, many artistic works have portrayed more than just static landscapes. The camera can afford the same, despite its propensity for making exacting reproductions. From mountain summits and high altitude aircraft, I see the land as the atmosphere does. I watch the elements collide with the terrain in a way that simply can’t be appreciated from below. But I don’t fly to make photographs - the environmental consequences are too significant. Rather, I’ve simply decided to not waste the window seat.
This Earth has extraordinary color when seen from above, but its myriad of hues can be over-stimulating and distracting. As such, my work is monochromatic, exploring Renoir's “queen of all colors.” But my minimalism doesn’t end there. My ontology is one of simplicity and I keep it real at every step in my artistic process.