Behind The Glass
In our modern world where most of us are generally surrounded by and marketed to with uninspiring things, this serves as my attempt to counter that with moments I've found to be interesting and special. I've taken and post-processed all the photos here since 2002. I currently call Austin home and have lived throughout the United States (to include Washington State, Florida, Indiana, Virginia & Texas) during my lifetime. I currently work as a front-end designer and developer during the day and enjoy travelling to new places and wandering around with my gear. Whilst snapping, nothing is ever pre-arranged. No lighting setup.
No props. No actors. When I find myself exploring and traversing areas unknown to me, armed with only a simple Canon DSLR, some lenses and a curious perspective I'm fully immersed in the moment. At that point it's almost impossible not to find interesting, special and unique moments that are all too often ignored and passed by. I take them back home afterwards and play with them. I get lost in them. To me it is an intimate process of projecting myself and my perspective onto the world, and the images that I produce are essentially a reflection of myself. I always try my best to get everything right before I snap the shutter, but if I feel there is something I can do in the post (coloration, adjust lighting, etc.) I hold no hesitation in doing it. Ansel Adams is quoted as saying dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. I couldn't agree more and treat the use of Photoshop the same way (since it is, essentially, a digital dark room). Photography snobs with their rule of thirds and immediately dismissive view of any aesthetically chosen post work as "ruining" an image are essentially slapping him and many others in the face. In my opinion the only sort of photographic 'morals' that should exist for anyone who takes pictures should be for photo-journalists. And one I am not, so I choose to see the world as well as I can imagine it!
That's me... very contently hanging on to the back of a tuk-tuk in Siem Reap, Cambodia.