This recent body of work was started during my final year of graduate school. The images were taken here in Rhode Island and in my homeland, which is titled “The Kilmaley Suite”. In many ways both sets of images are site specific. The images from Rhode Island are all taken on land that was a former farm. It is now used as a public park. The images from Ireland were all taken on the farm that I grew up on.
I am attracted to the idea of site because I love what it can give back, visit after visit. I have always been attracted to the physical space of place, the feel of the ground, the wind, the clouds, the light etc. It is always a wonderful experience when I shoot. It like being an archaeologist, sifting over the many moments that these places hold.
I work in a very impulsive way and I always let my creativity drive me. A lot of the work is driven by emotion and I love how the light affects the film. It give back so much after the exposure is created. Something special has been captured. This is an important part of the process, making the exposure. I work with a 4x5 view camera and I use Portra 160nc film.
My work is very much inspired by painting, especially the work of Constable. I have also a strong affection for the work of Robert Adams and Thomas Struth. There work has a very quite emotion that I enjoy, it is this emotion that I strive for in my own work.
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