I didn't start taking photos to show people what they already knew about a band or musician. I started because I wanted to show people what they didn't know. There is power in being able to display someone in their complete and utter darkness, or brightest, whichever you choose. I wanted to shock, not bore. I can't sit still for too long and it's the same with photography. I can't look at a photo if I don't feel something from it. If no emotion comes from a photo, I can't look at it. There's a certain power in being able to show someone in a state that startles, not in a bad way, just in a way that makes people think. Today people are so obsessed with looks, and to show someone in a state where they aren't waiting for someone to take their photo is compelling. It shows them in a vulnerable, human state, that we aren't always used to anymore. With vulnerability you experience this true connection, especially between an artist and their fan. Without it there really is nothing, nothing to shoot, nothing to experience, nothing to expose.

 

I moved to Vancouver about a year and a half ago,  and quickly fell in love with taking photos. Since then I have had my work used for sponsorship by The Sheepdogs, travelled to London to be an official photographer for Canada Day London, and was the official photographer for The Tragically Hip at their three Vancouver shows this past fall. It has been an absolute dream working with so many talented musicians, and I cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunities I have been given.