My photographic practice is one of sensory consumption. It leads me down less traveled pathways, searching for details that are often overlooked or ignored. My portfolio is an expression of this practice. It represents a progression of personal experiences and ideas, metaphors, and narratives; weaved together with found objects, spaces, and peoples. I search for instances where the everyday is falling apart, exposing moments that speak to my larger perceptions of society. These images articulate my interpretation of the everyday—its drudgery, distractions, delusions, and indifference—encountered and depicted as a nuanced allegory of modern society.

I am exploring the ideals of modernity by chronicling a visual mythology of Capitalism in the information age. Messages of beauty, desire, and perfection look back at us from every screen and billboard, alluring us with the promise of a better world. Yet the reality of the street provides a counter to this image. One where we are suspicious of strangers, and we ignore the needs others. People flow around one another, ignoring what lies hidden just below the surface of visual perception. Through the act of photography I make visible these witnessed, fleeting moments—framing them as images that create a broader narrative of society. The viewer is then left to decipher them through their own unique memory of this world.

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