Ever since I was small, I’ve loved reading, and I’ve loved stories. I remember preparing for vacations to the Swan Valley when I would request a ride into town to the Livingston Library. I’d check out books galore and aim to read them all before the end of the trip. I was a very nerdy nine-year-old.
I’m sure my parents were pleased that my glasses bedecked face was tucked away in a book in the cabin loft bed while everyone else was out biking and swimming. Typically, I ran my way through every book before the trip was even over. I then was pleased to announce to anyone who provided the most remote of interest, what my latest read was and exactly how many books I had read in exactly how many days. Thank goodness I’ve since then learned social cues.
Also since then, I’ve studied both art and literature, partly at Vassar, partly here in Bozeman. For several years at the onset of my college career I lived in a flamboyantly creative community, which gave me a sense of expression, a strong love for creative enterprise, and, in fact, may have erased some of the less necessary social cues I unfortunately learned in high school. I think one of the major shaping points of art for me was studying Giacometti’s pencil sketches. He has this freedom in his work that seems to search for his subject. If you look at a drawing of his, not all of his lines are necessarily right, but they become right as he allows the lines to unveil his subject. Especially in capturing a subject by camera, I think one needs freedom from exactness to keep the subject fresh and true.
My degree is in English Literature, and at least for my photography, these studies informed my world with the nuances of voice, narrative and character. I see myself as a documenter of people and their world. Some are inherently vibrant and bold about their story, while others are very much more secretive and private, but everyone’s story is different and I aim to capture people true to their own form.
“Images with the nuances of voice, narrative and character”