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Photography probably saved my life. It gave me purpose. When I was younger, I had no clue what I wanted to do as an adult. Should I become a doctor? An engineer? Should I open my own business? Years went by and nothing changed. I had no clue if even any of those career paths, while respectable, were something that I wanted to dedicate my life to. My plan was to complete university, get a degree, and use that degree to get a placeholder job for a few years. By the time I've built up a decent nest egg for me to fall back on, I would have found something that I wanted to do. But then what if I never find what I was looking for? What if that placeholder job becomes my entire career?

I then realized I've always liked taking photographs. When I was 10 years old I'd spend hours with my parents' old point and shoot camera taking pictures of flowers. Eventually, I decided to sign up for my school's yearbook program as a photographer, and from then on my life changed. The road wasn't easy. I still remember some of the stinging remarks made by my professors and the people around me. But I kept pushing, knowing that I had finally found something that I could enjoy no matter what people said about my work, or no matter what situation I found myself in. From the humble beginning in my backyard, to New York, Abu Dhabi, Japan, and beyond, photography will forever be my savior, and it's a voyage that I will continue to explore until the day I die.


 

       
     During our quick week long trip, we braved freezing rain, blizzards, and windstorms. At night, we slept in a small camper van, squeezed side by side like sardines to guard ourselves against subzero temperatures. We drove along the ice-covered Ring Road while massive wind gusts blew the snow off the top of the surrounding cliffs, at one point pushing our van into oncoming traffic. Can visiting Iceland during the winter be dangerous? Indeed. Would I do it again? Absolutely. Did I also mention that Icelandic hot dogs are actually kind of amazing?

 

ICELAND
NOVEMBER 2017

Shot with the Leica SL

     
     Having the opportunity of shooting someone's big day is always a absolute honor. Weddings are something that I've always wanted to dabble in (after all, as a documentary photographer, it's pretty much a dream). However, I don't think myself as a professional, and don't aspire to be. A wedding can be like a film shoot in some ways. Months of planning beforehand must be done; a lot of red tape can be involved. But sometimes a wedding comes along where I'm able to do my own thing; where I was given free reign to shoot whatever was interesting to me, as if I'm out simply walking on a street. This collection is from one such wedding, and I look forward to shooting others like it. 

EUGENE, OREGON

NOVEMBER 2016

Shot using the Leica M240

     
      Ah, Japan. Truly a land of contrasts. A place where every convenience store has a rack of dirty magazines standing next to the ice cream machines. Shinjuku, one of Tokyo's largest red light districts, is also one of the largest tourist attractions, catering to people of all ages. At night, you can see businessmen and women finally taking some respite after a long day's work. You can have a drink with them if you visit the mind-boggling number of tiny bars and grills that line narrow alleyways.  With a strict adherence to efficiency and cleanliness, it's also one of the easiest places to travel, and country where you can find something interesting to experience just by walking down the street.


JAPAN
AUGUST, 2015

Shot with the Fuji XPro and X100t

     
     There's just something about capturing that perfect moment. About capturing something spectacular out of the unspectacular. Nothing enthralls me more than just simply walking down the street and capturing a fleeting glimpse of something that nobody would otherwise pay attention to and may never happen again. I see the people in these photos and I think; what's their story? In our world today, most people wouldn't notice or even care about their surroundings or the strangers they pass by. But sometimes there is a real beauty in the everyday. All you need is just a second to look.

SHANGHAI, ABU DHABI, NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, SAN DIEGO, HOUSTON

2011 - PRESENT

Shot with the Canon 5D, Canon AE-1 Film, Fuji XPro, Leica M9/M240/M10, Nikon D800, and Sony alpha.


      I was once told by a colleague that I shouldn't do any more black and white because it's tacky, a gimmick, an anachronism. I thought about that statement for a second, and that was the last time we ever spoke. Black and white still has a place in the world today, where we are bombarded with hyper-realistic and intensely colorful images. B&W distills a photograph down to its rawest form; light, tonality, mood, emotion. It lets us slow down for a moment and really take in an image without all the distractions that color gives. It was the original form of photographic expression, and will remain a powerful tool until the end of time.

ABU DHABI, NEW YORK, HOUSTON
2014 - PRESENT


Shot with Canon AE-1 Film, Leica M9/M240/M10, and Fuji XPro


      The world is a spectacularly beautiful place. There's no long explanation or story for this one. It's just a collection of cool photographs of places I came across during my travels. Enjoy!

SHANGHAI, NEW YORK, SAN DIEGO, GRAND CANYON
2011 - PRESENT

Shot with Canon 5D