Are we not just the universe trying to understand itself?
Admission: I have never really thought of myself as a “photographer”.
I set out and capture life as I experience it in a way that helps me better understand it. The people, the places, the experiences, and the moments where I want to slow down time and explore a little more deeply.
My inspiration comes from a deep connection to the natural world, an endless curiosity for people, an exploration of what it means to be a human being on planet earth, and a belief that life is something we can never truly understand, but we are here to at least try.
Photography is my way of exploring that.
Capturing moments lets me sit in them a little while longer while I explore them, understand them, go back to them, and eventually share them with the world.
As you explore my photography, pay attention to the narratives going on in your mind.
What comes up?
What do the images illicit?
What do they make you feel?
What sensations arise?
By exploring these, not only will we have a deeper understanding of ourselves, but a better understanding of how we are in relation to the world around us.
I live by a simple philosophy...
You were born to do more than just pay bills and die.
I believe that in some way, all of us are artists, together, co-creating this thing called life. The whole point of life is to move through the phases and eventually come home to that understanding.
That life is about so much more than living in a paradigm of chasing things, paying bills, and eventually dying, only to realize we have never really lived.
If you can break that understanding and chase your art, I believe you have understood the assignment.
That is what I try and do through photography.
My Philosophy On Capturing...
I try to never take shooting seriously.
Not because I don’t care, but because I believe it’s a fools errand to try and control the uncontrollable and when we take things too seriously, we choke out the life force that is trying to arise.
Instead, when I shoot, I try to play with life. I try to move into a space that feels like flow and bring out whatever characteristics of the moment are there. By not taking it seriously, I create more space for life to flow into the container. And that, I capture.
Moments that feel like time has stopped.
This might be a person looking at the camera in a specific way, an environment that’s so beautiful it breaks my understanding of reality, or an animal in it’s nature flow.
Capturing these moments gives me a bit of space to explore what time, space, and life actually is.
The answer to this is long, and one day I will write an entire post about it, but more than anything, I would tell myself to share my work and co-create with as many people as possible.
Photography is about so much more than cool photos. It is about moments. It is about life. It is about creating.
This is impossible to answer.
But as a general rule, any one where soul shines through.
I shoot with the Sony mirrorless systems. After exploring many camera systems, I have found that I feel most artistically in flow on this system. It is light weight, powerful, and the images feel aligned with my style.
For cameras: I shoot on the Sony A7RIV and A6600.
The A7RIV is my go to for high-quality work and produced unparalleled image quality.
The A6600 is my go to for travel and adventure as it is powerful, but small and light. It’s the perfect camera for adventure, photography, climbing, or anytime I need to pay attention to weight.
For lenses: I shoot on a mixture of lenses depending on the set, setting, and style.
For the A7RIV:
- 16-35mm f/2.8
- 24-70mm f2.8
- 70-200mm f2.8
- 100-400mm f4-5.6,
- 35mm f1.4
- 85mm f1.8
For the A6600:
- 10mm-18mm, f/4
- 17mm-70mm, f/2.8
- 30mm, f/1.8
- 85mm, f/1.8-22
For drones: I shoot on the Mavic Air 2 S. This is a light weight system that is great for travel and still produces high quality video and photography.
Ethics and environmental impact is always considered in my work.
I am deeply connected to the environments I shoot with and want to have as minimal of an impact on them as possible.
As a general rule, I leave no trace and where possible, leave them better than I found them. This might be an offering, a donation, a garbage clean up.
All photos of people and places were taken with consent and the model’s consideration and clarity around how they will be put into production is clearly understood.
My images are taken all around the globe. From my home in British Columbia to the far reaches of islands in south east Asia, mountains in Nepal, and numerous places in between. As I travel the world, I do try and capture what it means to be a human here on earth.
My philosophy for shooting has continued to evolve as I have evolved. In this, it has been influenced by numerous artists, photographers, philosophers, thinkers, visionaries, and culture creators.
Some of these include:
- Alan Watts – how I look at life
- Chris Burkard – visuals and aestehtics
- Benjamin Hardman – visuals, aestehtics, and lighting
- Zach Bush – a deeper connection to nature
- Terence McKenna – a deeper connection to reality
- Dr. Bruce Hoffman – understanding what I might be
- Jimmy Chin – adventure and lifestyle
and so many more.
Yes, I can be for the right projects.
I work on a project-by-project basis on projects that fit my style, my soul, and align with my vision. Anything else won’t produce the right results.
If you are interested in working together, please contact me.
Rates depend on the project, the outcome, what’s required to capture them, and the rights needed for the end product.
If you are interested in working together, please contact me to discuss your project.