For me, photography is a way to capture a reality not normally seen without the benefit of looking through a lens. Whether it’s an object or place that’s common or exotic, large or microscopic, non-descript or indescribable, there is a value within or a story to be told, waiting to be captured. Photography allows a seemingly ordinary, remarkable or, as in the “Slag” series, an essentially worthless object and has the power to transform it into something more than it’s initially perceived to be. It could be a building someone passes by everyday or an old, rotted structure deep in the desert. It could be a piece of dead coral found on the beach or a small fragment of someone else’s “trash”, and by isolating the subject or photographing it in a different context or focusing on a small, unnoticeable area, a photo can compel the viewer to reexamine what they thought they knew about that subject.

I was born and raised in Hawaii and like many who live on an island surrounded by 2500 miles of ocean I developed a serious case of “island fever”, the over-whelming need to leave your beautiful little rock and see what’s out there. I arrived in Los Angeles without much, including a plan. In time I developed an interest in graphic design and eventually went on to attend the Art Center College of Design where I earned a BA with Honors.

My interest in photography began when, like many graphic designers that need to reign in the urge to push boundaries and instead are required to stay within certain styles and parameters to please the client, I found myself in search of a more creative outlet, one in which I no longer had to limit myself. Through photography, I am my own client and there are no rules, no restrictions. I’m free to create what I want. My current photographic interests lie in the world of fine art abstract photography, unveiling hidden images and textures not normally seen by the unaided eye.

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