As both a humanist and a photographer, I have immersed myself in many communities, striving to better understand what it means to be an individual in the 21st century. By exploring culture through image-making—capturing faces, relics, fashions, places and more—I can learn and understand the world we live in together, one which is rapidly changing at all times and constantly shape-shifting with new philosophical, ideological and political revelations at a moment’s notice. Using photography as a pathway to explore broader society and culture while embracing moment to moment experience, it creates a dialogue that is present-focused, future-minded, and past-conscious. Cameras have long been seen as both a tool and a weapon of culture, and with these portraits, I aim to redefine the camera as an interlocutor of culture, society and bodies—granting agency to the subject through their direct gaze and ownership of the frame, while capturing something essential in the present to feedback to the viewing public.

Painter in Palermo, 2016.

Painter in Palermo, 2016.