I was born in Nashua, New Hampshire but spent my entire childhood and most of my teens on American Military bases in Germany. It was not America nor was it Germany but rather some weird in-between. When we finally moved back to the states it was a bit of a culture shock. The concrete suburbia and Bush era politics were off putting and eventually lead to my brother and I moving to Scotland with the intent of moving to main land Europe. The two of us ended up settling in Edinburgh and have been unable to make it to the intended goal due unforeseen adversities such as a chronic illness. For my brother and I photography was born out of a mixture of minimum wage poverty and cabin fever boredom. There was always that internal need for a creativity hole that needed to be filled. We were exposed to the concept of street photography via a documentary and photography books. It was the random nature of it and that it could be done on a budget of fuck all beside getting a hold of a camera and that it was right out your door that made it so compelling.
Outside being lucky enough to visit a few places over the years such as Paris, Italy, London and Berlin. 90% of the time I’m shooting on one of two streets in Edinburgh.
Whenever this nightmare of a disease allows me too. If I’m not bedridden attending another doctors appointment or working you will find me out there on the streets searching for pictures. I can almost judge how my health is doing based the amount of pictures I have or have not taken. So photography has become somewhat of a health meter or reflection of my physical and mental well being.
As many have stated before you can feel a picture. It becomes subconscious and instinctual. The mixture of nervous energy and continuous physical discomfort make it hard for me to relax and stand still. This state of unease influences and the way I see and what I capture. Flash was meant to compensate for the lack of light you get here but it eventually became a way of seeing. My brother and I have a few good Ideas for a documentary projects but till my health is in a better state those ideas are on hold.
Photography is a drug and its hard to unsee once you have seen the unseen. I take pictures to remind myself I exist, to remind people they exist.