“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke
I am a Roman Catholic Writer, Musician, and Artist. I grew up in New England where I spent most of my life reading books, watching films, exploring cities and forests, and traveling the country roads of America. I fell in love with landscapes years ago when I would go on road-trips with my family and travel the back-roads of America in search of beauty. Over the years, they became my true passion and the one thing I could count on in life to always be there for me. When I was younger, I used to go for long walks as a means of trying to get closer to God and reflect on my life. I found spirituality in nature and it was my way of connecting to something greater than myself. Between the mountains of Vermont and the rolling hills of the California coast, I would often hike 15 or more miles in a single day, taking in my surroundings in everything and everyone that I encountered. On those long drives and scenic walks, I felt I was searching for something, though I was never quite sure of what--maybe it was solace, tranquility, and peace, or else the singular moment of witnessing transcendent beauty alone in the woods or on the coast in solitude. There I would sit late at night and watch the rolling waves with my camera in hand, just listening to the sounds and basking in natural wonder. In those moments that made me feel less lonely, I felt as if I were a part of something larger than myself--a better reality, a safer place to dream. It was hard to find that in a world that moved far too fast, so the time I spent alone was my saving grace in the process.
Over the years, those walks became the single most important part of my life when the constants were ever-changing. People would come and go, sometimes they would leave me, and time would slowly fade, but the beauty I encountered would always be right there waiting for me. Looking back, it was a transformative experience, something I could hold onto when the world failed me. Some of my fondest memories I have from over the years are in the cities and towns I used to explore in New England when I was growing up. I still often return to those forests and villages with each passing year. Though I never documented most of my experiences in my youth, when I grew older I felt compelled to attempt to communicate the beauty I would see to share it with others. In the process, what I am attempting to communicate is often not as clear as the truth that there is some underlying force compelling me to do so. In fact, I have come to reinterpret most of my work over time after it was not received for what it was originally intended and likely will never be. The melodies take on new meanings though the song remains the same. This is a portfolio of a small sampling of some of those experiences.
What most people don't realize is the amount of effort that goes into creating art and the lifestyle it involves. It's not an easy road. I typically hike 60 or more miles per week when shooting in order to reach scenic destinations that are often remote and accessible only by foot. I have to stay in shape for strenuous hikes in less than ideal conditions. Even in the most beautiful of locations, timing and lighting can get the best of me, so I have to be prepared to move fast when there's sometimes a fraction of a second that makes the difference in getting a shot or missing the opportunity. Contrary to popular belief (as pretty pictures might suggest), there is no glamour involved in shooting. Creating art requires hard work and dedication, but nothing compares to the pure beauty you get to witness for putting in the hard work. People take that for granted when they look at a photograph, watch a film, or read a book. For that reason, in spite of some of the spectacular moments I have had the opportunity to capture, I like to keep the most beautiful memories to myself, knowing that I was there to witness something that no one else would ever see. This is something I don't usually tell people--that I only capture the second best and merely a fraction of all my experiences because I want to keep the best for myself and whoever else might be there in person to witness those moments. That gives me something to hold onto that is mine alone.
As an avid adventurer, road-tripper, and mountain climber, I travel frequently and have braved extreme weather conditions and arduous hikes and drives in the process of shooting. These experiences have taught me a lot about the endurance required to pursue a dream, how much work goes into it, and how much hardship it takes to overcome and keep moving forward. Having driven cross country 6 times, been to over 40 US States, and traveled extensively within each one, I have knowledge of and access to some of the most spectacular known and unknown locations in all of America from California to Maine, including experience in exploring America's National Park System. Now situated in Park City, Utah, I have immediate access within a day's drive to Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, The Grand Canyon, Sedona, White Sands, Yellowstone, The Grand Tetons, and The Rocky Mountains, among other prominent locations where I hope to focus my future projects.
With a background in Photography, Philosophy, Theatre Arts, Set Design, Writing, Music, Media + Event Planning, Videography, PR, Editing, Management, and Administration, I am hoping to move forward in a lifestyle that involves art, travel, music, photography, and writing. Over time, I have learned that these simple pleasures are what I really need most in life. I never know where the open road will take me, or how it will all work out, but the point is in the journey. It is always a surprise that I could never plan, but rather accept for whatever life has in store for me. It is all out there waiting for me to discover in passing through this life.