Long Summer Days
My photo essay follows my relationship with my daughter as a stay at home father. We live in a small urban community in a small home; however, in a world full of technology, video games, and electronics, we chose a device free lifestyle for her. She is at the age where she is developing her strong personality and it is all these elements in which I am capturing and documenting. This body of work disrupts stereotypes of girls while highlighting her delightfully unselfconscious strength, independence, defiance, and playfulness.
5 Stages of Grief
Grief is often a very personal experience. While some people seek support from those close to them, others can hold these emotions in and not show the outside world what they are feeling on the inside. This small project depicts a visual reference of the depths of feelings one holds in during times of hardship or loss. These images show the clouded bubble shielding the true details of those who are struggling to deal with their emotions and a small gimps of the individual behind the barrier who struggles from within trying to escape and overcome.
Two Brothers (On Going)
This is an ongoing series that I have been working on for a year or so now. I am expecting to release part of it sometime in 2018 or 2019.
This series is following my Father and Uncle (half brothers) that immigrated from Germany as children with my grandmother after WW2. My family history in Europe is complex and mysterious, filled with stories of riches to rags, honor and hate, death, treason, as well as the secret gift of life.
Working on this project brings complex problems that I have been trying to find answers to; yet, the one with all of the true answers, my grandmother, passed away when I was a teenager.
This project follows my father and uncle's current relationship, while I investigate the facts and stories of the past.