I was born in Portales, New Mexico. I'm a military brat, and I do obsess about taking photographs of home. In New Mexico there is a great sense of life and death. The beauty stands out more because of this dichotomy. In this photograph the red chili represents life in New Mexico. In our culture chilies are a staple in every day life. Skulls litter the environment due to the arid climate of the desert. This photograph encompasses the essence of New Mexican life.
Flowers of My Life
"3 FOR $12.00" uses 3 bouquets of flowers that cost a total of $12.00 from the local supermarket. This series is an act of self expression for me. I use the colors of the flowers with different lighting setups together to create a final piece that represents my current emotional state. The piece below demonstrates the happiness I felt when I could finally create the images I wanted. Because this series is a form of self expression it will be ongoing for years to come.
I tend to create portraits by utilizing the environment, using natural lighting to create a stunning photograph. I use lines in most of my portraits, forcing the eye to focus on the person. In the photograph below I use the railroad to create a line towards William, creating a triangle that centers on him. The utilization of lighting, lines, and hidden shapes create the final image.