Short About Section
I was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, MI where kids played, block parties existed, and where families and neighbors divided and came together. Growing up in the urban community, a lot of my work is influenced by my life experiences, struggles, and lessons. Feeling like I had no voice growing up, I want to give individuals that voice that they may not feel like they have otherwise. Through portraiture, my work shows how individuals overcome challenges in their lives, their vulnerability to those situations, and their solution. Ultimately my focus is creating unity through/and the overcoming of barriers. The Kitchen Series by Carrie Mae Weems is my strongest influence. In the series, the overhead light is lighting the figure, there is the subject and the kitchen table which makes it more intimate. It shows a series of events that the person goes through, strength to weakness and vice versa in which I strive to display. My work is anchored in the purpose of encouraging others to overcome their struggles be it depression, anger, or hurt.I work primarily with digital photography, natural and studio lighting. In my latest work, the use of strobe lights help make the subject clearly visible. Lighting the subject adds warmth or coolness to the skin, shadow, etc. The isolation of the figure plays an important role due to the storytelling aspect of my work. The viewer then is confronted with a proposition, and forced to interact by listening.
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