One of my earliest memories came to me during sunrise at an old beach cottage. There I sat staring at a tiny crack in the top corner of the room where I was sleeping. Then like magic, the space began to come alive. I noticed particles of life dancing and floating as the crisp morning sun had started to pour in. I was mesmerized, the world- barely stirring, almost motionless. Murmuring waves crashing in the distance; this sense of fascination captivated me. I could watch this forever... Years later I found myself gripped by the red glow of my father’s darkroom light reflecting off small waves over a sheet of paper. Watching life’s moments come alive before my eyes, magic again I thought to myself. By learning the patience of the photographic process I had seen how a strong image can evoke just the right feeling.
These experiences shape the approach to my craft. Both the natural soft lighting I admire from Nestor Almendros along with blocking and movement from Caravaggio are reflected in my photography. In my thought process I want to understand the precise event that triggers the desired emotion. This takes a great amount of presence and listening with my eyes. That moment of discovery is always exciting when it presents itself. Its knowing what to look for and having the respect for the process. This is what I am here to do. Recognizing the difference between magic, and mistake.
The Moment, the Event of a scene; this is my favorite place as a Cinematographer. Playing the spaces between the notes just as you play the notes themselves. Emotional connections through honest and authentic visual storytelling, this is why I am here.