Moth Dust - Published: New York Times Lens Blog - Facebook Feature

Was just at the New York Times Portfolio Review this weekend! There is much to process. I've been live posting the Review from my instagram.

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So grateful for all the incredible editors & photographers I met this weekend. I received some truly illuminating career advice and work critique.

A special thanks to Jim Estrin for the kind words. 

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Moth Dust - In Dreams

Hey there, 
It's been a hectic time at ICP (the International Center of Photography) so far. I'm pretty tired, pretty stressed, pretty frustrated... but finally, I'm seeing improvements in my work.

This project was created in a bout of sleepless frustration. The workshop in question was emotionally demanding, very academically rigorous, and after the first weekend I felt like I had very little good work at all anymore. Needless to say, it was emotionally trying but helped me grow as a photographer in a lot of ways. The goal of this project was to use the frames of my image with intent and purpose and really take accountability for every little thing in the frame, as well as really using depth of field to create meaning, and thinking about time and space. 

I have been really caught up in the boundaries of "Documentary Photography" vs "Fine Art Photography". Where does one end, and the other begin? The line used to be so clear, and now, everything is being turned on it's head. I've been trying so hard to be literal, to communicate so clearly that much of my aesthetic sense seemed to have been forgotten. This project allowed me to forget about the genre of work and just explore a topic I was interested in: the boundary between dreams and reality. 

The masks in these images represent the ego, as literally if you looked into it you would only see yourself. I wanted to create an ethereal character that visited you in your dreams, yet also seemed to be a part of yourself (just as your dream-characters really represent facets of your brain). 

One image is out of focus, but not so out of focus that you cannot determine what is going on around you. To me, this photograph represents the vagueness of dreams, the feeling of having many possibilities but the uncertainty of not knowing what lies beyond your immediate vicinity. I would like to elaborate on this concept in the future. 

This is my project. I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. 

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Moth Dust - Image Highlights from the New York City Peoples Climate March

Now acknowledged as the largest climate action in history, the People's Climate March reached crowds of over 310,000 participants, all from different cultures and backgrounds. The diversity of the march was apparent, with participants from indigenous tribes as well as elders, families, scientists, and many more.

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If you want more consistent updates and bits of photography related articles that I am constantly perusing, like my facebook page here
if you want to see more images more frequently, my visual journal on Instagram is just perfect for you. 

Likes and follows on Instagram and on Facebook are vital to the practicing photographer, and may even help me land a job someday-- so if you would like to support me, I'd recommend doing both!