My work is part psychological study, part historical document, and part fine art. Photography as the medium I use to provide a window into the personalities of the people I choose to photograph.
This photograph of a young dancer reflects the hopeful anticipation of an aspiring ballerina. I had been photographing dance in Oregon for a few years and spent some time watching this young ballerina’s story unfold. I found her determination and willingness to pursue classical ballet against many odds inspiring. I was thinking about shooting dancer portraits for my next long term project and I invited her to my studio to be photographed. Originally meant to just be a test, this image has since become extremely important to the project. It has been almost 4 years since this photo was taken and this dancer is now on her way to her goal of being a professional dancer. Seeing my portrait subjects succeed in what they love to do makes my work feel all the more worthwhile and really drives me to continue doing what I do.
Her book with Roman Cho, Heroes & Villains: Portraits of Contemporary Artists has received wide critical acclaim, she is the recipient of numerous awards and her work is in the private collections of the CEO of Nike and Manifold Editions, London among others. She’s appeared in the pages of Ektopia UK, LA Weekly, Curbs and Stoops, Lost at E Minor and Fraction Magazine.BACK TO PHOTO