I study learning and memory. I’m especially interested in how the objective, physical stimuli in the world are filtered by our perceptual system to be processed, stored, and retrieved. The data are clear that our brains work quite differently from cameras – our memories are not objective recording devices, and our memories of events are always filtered, distorted, and colored by our emotions, interpretations, and other experiences.
In my photography, I am interested in creating images that resemble memories. I like photography because just like our experience, it feels objective, even when it is obviously not. Photos, like memory, trick us into believing that we are observing a simple recording rather than a re-creation of reality. Some of my photos are heavily edited digitally, some undergo minor adjustments, and others are manipulated only in camera setup. I pursue a style of photography that keeps this distinction ambiguous, so that a viewer is not certain how accurately the image reflects the original scene.
I first became interested in photography around 2004, while studying in Hawaii. To make up for all of the time spent in the lab, I wanted to explore the islands and take full advantage of my time there. Over the past 15 years, I have exhibited my work in solo and juried group exhibitions around the country, including Hawaii, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Colorado, North Carolina, and California.
Honors and Awards include:
2009 National Geographic International Photography Contest, Places Category
International Photography Award (IPA): 2008 winner of the Digitally Enhanced category, plus 12 sub-category awards and/or honorable mentions (across multiple years)
Black and White Spider Award: 2 honorable mentions
Photoshop User magazine’s Design Spotlight
Digital Photo Pro emerging photographer of the year