I feel no way towards life but I do feel life, vibrating on every level of my being.
It all begins in a small town north of Toronto, Canada. I was brought up on a bay off of Great Lake Huron. Thus partially shaping my what is often referred to as ‘California’ appeal by non-Californians; but I believe it’s what made my work unique to the typical LA style of shooting. About 90% of my early imagery was photographed on a dull Canadian beach in its off season while I dreamt endlessly of new and tropical horizons; the rest in Toronto in rent by the hour motels on the east end and old apartment buildings. The city is where a greasy despondence began to surface among the blue skies and dreamlike colour schemes. I felt hopeless, yet inspired and alive. From there I made the cleanest break and most relieving escape of my life via a one-way ticket to the sacred Hawaiian island of Maui in late 2012. This is where the desolate Canadian scenery and gloom of the city started to meld into a tropical contact-high haven and style of its own. From then on I've spent the majority of my months on the road chasing the feeling that comes with discovering the unknown and creating my own paradise along the way.
Months prior to my great escape I began a lifestyle clothing line titled Don’t Blow The Illusion. DBTI flowed seamlessly into my travel experiences as I featured my photographs as prints and stamps on a timeline to represent moments that I would have otherwise forgotten. Each lookbook and collection followed a timeline that soon became the story of my early twenties. I continue to work on the expansion of this project today and you can check it out here.
Please don't be shy to reach out regarding having me photograph your line, product, or you. I am always open to taking on new projects. Prints are also available.
Enjoy the ride.