East of Here

Portraits have been synonymous with photography since its birth in 1839. The first photograph of a person was made that same year by photography’s inventor Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. Portraits have experienced a series of evolutions since then leading to the contemporary portrait makers that influenced this body of work. 

Ohio is my home and it is also home to those I love. When this series began I knew only that I wanted to make portraits. I photographed the people around me and those I spent the most time with. My challenge was to uncover something about my subjects whom I know so much about through the making of a photograph. The intimacy of the pictures is characteristic of our relationship. The work exists somewhere in between the conventional portrait and the uncanny. The images are revealing moments enclosed by the ordinary that expose the subjects. These photographs are about the relationship between myself and the subjects.