Hey anon, thanks for the reply! I’m glad things have been going well for you, things have been rather chaotic over here. I am over-romanticizing next month because I hope things will start falling into place after my move. I know we don’t know each other, but you should read The History of Love. I’m sorry to hear about your father, family is a beautiful and strange thing. The good news is you can pick your family, they’re in our friends that let us call them at 3am, they’re in the strangers that tap you on the shoulder when you’ve dropped something, they’re in the neighbours that come by with vitamin C because they heard you coughing through the walls, you just have to let them in.
Those that follow my work may know that I discovered photography as an art-form when I was 13 and It quickly became an escape from the trials of adolescence, and an excuse to let it soldier on. The allure of fantasy to me in regards to my photographs came with the realization that childhood is a thing wasted on trying to be an adult, and from that my favourite concept became the sheer whimsy and fantasy and curiosity that you felt before everything was a popularity contest.
I owe my imagination and therefore my career to vigorously reading every book I could get my hands on as a child, and scribbling down every original thought in my head in order to find a way to make it come to life. It saddens me to know not all children have the childlike imagination that a lot of us have held dear far into adulthood. With this Kickstarter I hope to make a small step forward in fixing this problem.
For 1 month, myself and 3 of my friends are going to drive around America dressed up as Fairy Tale Creatures and promote literacy by reading to children in the least literate cities in America, as well as handing out free books and helping children sign up for library cards. I want to wake up every morning in a different city, dressed up like Alice in Wonderland and instill the same excitement and wonder in these children as the very first time my mother read Harry Potter to me.
It would mean the absolute world to us if you would consider donating to our cause or taking the time to look at our Kickstarter and read more about what we’re trying to accomplish, and maybe pass it on to a friend or a friend of a friend or your grandmother or your boyfriends really cool uncle.
Thank you so much for reading! Check out our project The Road to Literacy, right HERE.
"Self Portrait Diary #1"
Hello, how are you? What books have you read recently? Do you still have time to listen to music anymore? Are you on good terms with your father? I miss the warmer weather.
A lot of my life happens on my way to somewhere else
Save up all your money and move to your dream city and live in an old factory and meet people from the internet and make art at 3am and watch the sun rise above the skyline on a roof 4 stories over everything you’ve ever wanted. But don’t get content. Want better for yourself. When the time comes move on.
A self-portrait from every year of my photography.
iPhone self-portraits at Kosoiuszko street on my way to JFK to pick up and drop off my love exactly one month apart. Excuse my sentimentality.
New Years Eve 2014, Atlanta, Georia
"Love, Dark and Deep"
Two years ago I was commissioned by Simon & Shuster to shoot the cover for Love, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara. I was doing a 365 at the time but couldn’t release the images so I posted them on this blog blurred out and never really got around to unblurring them once the project was completed, so here is a compilation from the week where I took my 700 hand-cut snowflakes around my childhood home in Ontario, Canada and created several different variations of my concept.
It’s interesting to see how just two years later the amount my style has changed and my life and how differently I would have approached this today.