â€œWithout contraries there is no progression. Attraction and repulsion, reason and energy, love and hate, are necessary to human existence.â€ â€“ Oscar Wilde
My photographs are a series of portraits - people of my choosing who reflect certain aspects of myself. The subjects that I choose to photograph are a reflection of who I am. Their personas seek to embody and convey, the characteristics that I have, or long for.
As merely animals in a wild urban jungle, humans search for meaning and presence. My interest lies in a lifestyle that revolves around the romance of pissing, puking, drinking, fighting, laughter, and overall rawness. Each person is filled with dynamic qualities of both the beautiful, and the grotesque. A subject I once photographed said that each person is like a diamond, they have many faces, but not all of which are revealed. I wish to capture a moment that honestly describes a person, or at least a small part of them. These moments I choose to photograph are honest and significant. I try to make a certain connection with my subject, and have that connection evident through my portraits. I prefer to create portraits where the person wears a somewhat stagnant expression, and let the details of the person, and the location speak. I want their personality to be overwhelmingly evident with no assistance from any hysterical expression. These moments are, however, in my experience fleeting â€˜epiphaniesâ€™, and when captured by the camera, remain to be self-portraits. In the end, I wish this collection of urban portraits to paint a picture of a generation.