To photograph architecture is to work at the intersection of the abstract, the absolute and the variable. Buildings are manifestations of a set of ideas, a response to existing conditions and an organization of programmatic ideals. Once complete, these structures exist in a constantly changing world. They are always being acted upon by seen and unforeseen forces – human activity, position of the sun, climate, politics and changes in function. As a photographer my goal is to create powerful, engaging, beautiful and, at times, challenging images of this complex relationship.
Long before having the vocabulary of architecture, I was obsessed with the documentation of buildings – my first photographic project, completed when I was 16, focused on a decrepit train depot in my home state of Maine. What I now know to be considerations of form, massing, material, volume and space were, at the time, simply a search for a place where I could make cool pictures. Now, though my ability to articulate what I am doing has evolved, the objective remains unchanged – to immerse myself in space, connect with a place and generate images that clearly represent the nature of the built work while evoking a deep and experiential understanding of what it is to be there.