I graduated with a degree in fine art photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1999. After receiving my degree I worked in marketing and strategic planning in the architecture industry, and was intrinsically involved in the development of all types of marketing and promotional materials for architects and developers for over a decade. My involvement in architectural marketing led me to produce and assist on numerous photo shoots for acclaimed architectural photographers Richard Barnes and Helene Binet. These experiences led to the formation of working relationships with both photographers, with whom I went on to assist independently, including an 8 day shoot with Binet at Therme Vals, the spa and resort in Vals Switzerland designed by Peter Zumthor.
Since establishing my own practice in 2010, my work has been widely featured in leading print and online publications, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Architectural Review, ARCHITECT, MARK, Form, The Architect’s Newspaper, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, Art in America, Frame, Hinge, Luxe, as well as numerous books and international design and architecture blogs. My client list includes Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Vinoly, Allied Works Architecture, ZGF, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Architecture Research Office, Lever Architecture, Sasaki, Novartis, Nike, Williams Sonoma, FX Fowle, Kengo Kuma, Maryanne Thompson Architects, Jim Cutler Architects, Add Inc./Stantec, Bernheimer Architecture, CO Architects, Mahlum, wHY, Airbnb, Bora, rapt Studio, WRNS, Clive Wilkinson, Frederick Fisher & Partners, Hart Howerton, NBBJ, Olson Kundig, EHDD, Ankrom Moison, GBD, Reed Hilderbrand Associates, Thomas Hacker and Associates, Skylab Architecture, James Sanders and Associates, SHoP Architects, and the Felt Hat.
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I am represented by Joel B Sanders Agency for syndication and select assignments.
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.