I am working on several different thematic creative portraiture projects concerning humans and our effect on the natural environment. I am currently seeking additional models to collaborate with me on these projects.
Below please find examples and brief concepts for each project.
We Are All Addicted To Plastic
We are all addicted to plastic. We are consumers, but we are being consumed by the pervasion of plastic into all of the natural world. Many of us do not realize that our addiction to the convenience of plastic causes us (and the ecosystems of the planet) to be wholly consumed by this material and its persistence against decay. If we do realize it, and choose not to see it, well, that’s even worse. I want to show a clear connection between our desires and the choking of natural cycles.
This one is pretty self explanatory, I think. I’m looking to interpret the embodiment of Mother Nature in a variety of human forms. I’m really interested in working with individual models to collaborate on variations on this theme, ones that make personal sense (or have some other form of relevance) for the individual model.
A friend long ago once made an offhand comment during a long night of conversation while we were in grad school, bouncing ideas off each other into the wee hours. She said, “We’re all just fancy animals, y’know.” And that stuck with me. One of the models I work with regularly is really crafty, and also makes a lot of her own clothes. She has made several full head geodesic paper animal masks that I now have in my collection. I pair them with outlandish wardrobes and artistic nudes to make for an interesting fantasy theme that reaches into the core of our evolution and existence as a species.
I’ve created my own designs of clothing (dresses, swimsuits, tank tops, t-shirts, etc.) that are various phrases related to climate change, global ecosystems, and the human species (and our behavior within these ecosystems). Many of these pieces are shot in settings that emphasize the contents of the phrasing on the garment. Some may be more cryptic than others.
The Last Breath of Air
The Last Breath Of Air project asks us all to consider: Who gets the last breath of breathable air on this planet? One of us humans? Some other species? When the time comes for the last breath of breathable air to be inhaled, will it even matter? Humans have technology to breathe through masks. Animals do not.
Motion Projects (Pixilation)
I’ve done quite a bit of timelapse and stop motion animation throughout my life. One form of stop motion is called pixilation, which is where people are the objects being animated, one frame at a time. As a kind of pilot project for several short film concepts I’ve got in the hopper, I’ve created some experimental works with some of the models I regularly shoot with. I’d like to expand this experimentation with new models. It’s not easy to get into the rhythm of the shooting experience, but it’s a lot of fun!