Follow the Locals
Framed Photograph, Black & White
Boulders Beach, Cape Town, South Africa
“Follow the Locals” shadows one of South Africa’s best dressed residents shuffling across Boulders Beach in Cape Town. While synonymous with Kruger National Park and the Big Five, the country is also home to the African penguin, which is now endemic to the region.
Capturing wildlife involves planning, a lot of waiting, and some good fortune. I positioned myself to face a small gap in the rock formations that provided a window into the greater penguin colony in the distance. With the sun setting from the left, I knew I would need a cooperative subject before the light faded away. In time, one penguin began its march towards the water, falling perfectly between the boulders. A deep black shadow created a striking contrast against the soft white sands and an outstretched flipper seemed to invite me to follow in its webbed footprints.
“Follow the Locals” is a framed fine art wildlife photograph printed on archival cotton paper.
Life in Technicolor
More than a city, Tokyo is an experience. It is a bit of a contradiction — the greater Tokyo metropolitan area is the most populated in the world, yet it doesn’t come across as overwhelming. For all of the people and vehicles, there always seems to be an order to the flow. Clean streets, timely trains, quiet cabs, no car horns, no shoulder collisions, traffic signals being obeyed, and an unspoken understanding of how things should move. I wanted to convey this feeling through my image, so I used a panning technique. With a slow shutter speed, you can track a moving subject with the camera, creating a background blur while freezing the focal point. There were plenty of cars to focus on, but I wanted something more human. The result — a stillness amongst the chaos of colored neon lights in the bustling Shinjuku district.
“Life in Technicolor'' is a fine art photograph printed on silver halide paper for enhanced color, richness, and resolution. The print is mounted on an aluminum composite and floated in a slim, light pewter metal frame for a modern look.
Walk the Line
Few figures evoke the spirit of the West quite like the American bison, and few locations have evoked in me such a strong desire to return quite like Yellowstone. For a number of mornings in December, my agenda solely included a trip through the Wyoming mountains towards the Lamar Valley with the lone goal of photographing bison against a wintery backdrop. Only darkness, harsh winds, and around 10 degrees greeted me on these journeys until about an hour before sunrise when there would be just enough light in the valley to make a dark mass across the white background. Herds of bison still resting, some beginning their grazing early, some experiencing their first winter huddled near their parents. Between the distinct build, rugged horns, sheer size, and incredible resilience, these animals always make for a special encounter. In this moment, a bull led his calf through the soft snow; many years between the two, but only a few feet apart as they took on winter together, step by step.
“Walk the Line” is a fine art photograph printed on silver halide paper for enhanced color, richness, and resolution. The print is mounted on an aluminum composite and floated in a slim, black metal frame.
Photograph mounted on acrylic glass
It comes as no surprise that Death Valley served as a filming location for Star Wars, as the landscape is nothing short of extraterrestrial. Primarily known for its scorching summer conditions and depth below sea level, the location is also home to stunning salt flats, towering sand dunes, and colored rock formations. The qualities that make Death Valley so extreme are the same ones that make it so memorable to visit. After a full moon vanished in the distance, the early morning sun lit up the adjacent mountains from one of the Valley’s best vantage points. Dry and desolate, yet vibrant and full of emotion.
“Zabriskie” is an acrylic piece. hand-crafted in Germany. The image is printed on Fuji Crystal Archive Professional paper, designed for fine art and museum displays with its capacity for higher resolution and more vivid colors. The print is mounted under acrylic glass to enhance the colors and depth and has a 1/8 in. aluminum Dibond backing.
An interest originating from a film photography course at Darien High School quickly evolved to a transition to digital. The commonality — an interest in seeing the unique around me, and a passion for capturing and sharing it with others. I started my journey in photography learning the fundamentals, but the process of developing and honing the skills continues each time I take out my camera. Both an intimidating yet rewarding craft, the art has taken me to each corner of the globe. What initiated as a byproduct and side event of my early travels soon became the inspiration and the purpose for my travels. I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and experience what was so different from my time growing up in Connecticut. Early on, I looked to visit major tourist destinations to see first hand what I found in travel guides and online. However, I realized that I sought to convey a distinct feeling through my work that falls separate from a reaction to a landmark that has been seen before. I looked to share the same mood and emotion that came with visiting a stunning location for the first time. The feeling of organized chaos in the streets of Tokyo, a misty morning in Yellowstone or the quiet winter walk of its giant herbivores, Cape Town’s waddling residents, Death Valley’s meandering mountains, the peace and solitude among the otherworldly gypsum dunes in New Mexico, or the striking figure of a bighorn sheep overlooking the Badlands. I plan my trips diligently, often with a single shot in mind inspiring an entire journey. Early mornings and late nights chasing soft light are common, but a lack of sleep is overshadowed by the joy that comes with telling a story with a single frame.