An Asian man on a domed stone stage in a white suit with Asian men in black suits reaching from below.

World of One: Fortuna

Fortuna 2015 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5   Growing up in the US through the mid 80’s and 90’s, I was raised in a culture obsessed with trying to convince everyone that they are winners. This is an unrealistic outlook, given the fact that in most competitions, more often than not, there can be only one winning party. So statistically speaking, myself and others often ended up on the losing end of things. For me, this near obsessive focus on being a winner has actually had a negative effect. Mostly …

Group of asian men in dark suits jumping straight into the air forming a circle, one asian man in a light colored suit standing on his head in the middle of the group, on a grassy hill.

World of One: Grounded Ambitions

Grounded Ambitions Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5   This image is about setting realistic goals for yourself. It is my way of illustrating the old adage: Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground. Grounded Ambitions has been marinating in my brain pan for the last 2 years. I had originally imagined it very differently, with one figure sitting on the ground and the other figures jumping wildly in the air. But in my mind’s eye, I foresaw compositional problems with that arrangement. When it came to …

Jealous Pride

Jealous Pride

Jealous Pride 2015 Archival Pigment Print 24 x 47 inches | edition of 5 Jealous Pride is about the fragile relationship we have with our own self-esteem. Simply put, when we’re feeling good, we’re totally unbothered by our insecurities. However, I often find that those same insecurities still linger in the dark recesses of our minds. Since I first started working on my World of One series, I’ve always thought to myself “This would probably look much better if it was a pretty girl in the picture instead of my face!” Now 5 years later, I finally have the chance to put that thought into action. …

World of One: Invictus

Invictus 2013 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 43″ inches | edition of 5   “Being unconquerable lies with yourself: Being conquerable lies with your enemy.” – Sun Tzu’s the Art of War The next two pieces in the World of One, Invictus (Latin for “unconquerable”) being the first, will explore the idea of being alone in a crowd. While originally the idea was to only create one picture exploring themes of loneliness, the more I thought about it, the more my thoughts started to focus on the difference between being alone and wanting to be alone. For …

World of Two

I’m now taking commissions!!! I can do composite pictures not just of myself, but of other people too!!! So if any of you loyal readers out there have ever thought it might be cool to have a “World of One” style picture of yourself doing x, y, and z, hit me up and we can work something out!!! This is a sample shot I took of my friends Eddie and Katya, both of which are great dancers, friends and a couple, in addition to being awesome hosts while I was there. This shot was so much easier to do than …

When in Doubt

Sometimes it’s good to revisit old ideas with what newfound knowledge you might have earned. I’ve been working all weekend on some new World of One stuff, and failing miserably at it. This is the first time I’ve failed making an image for this series (and is also reminding me why I’ve been so adamant about doing more). I think I know how to fix it now though so that really just translates to more work this week. It’s not even that the image came out bad, it’s just that I know it’s not as good as it probably could …

Photo Surrealism

Warning: lots of big words in this post. About a year ago, while I saw a picture of Magrette’s “La Reproduction Interdite” while I was at my local Border’s. Upon leaving, I felt like an idea had been planted in my head that would one day want to bust out of my brain Bruce Lee style. This is what I came up with. More recently, I have been thinking about how social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook have changed the way we use photography (or “the discursive practice of photography” as art/photo nerds call it). One of the biggest …