Truth be told, I did not grow up dreaming of becoming an artist or a photographer, but life has a way of taking you down unexpected roads.
My life changed dramatically after suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2013. I do not remember the accident and only have vague memories of the weeks and months that followed. It’s a strange reality to accept, but there are now whole swathes of my life that I can no longer remember, time is sometimes an abstract concept and I often get sensory overload in environments I once loved.
In the summer of 2014 I took an extended leave of absence from my job as an Olympic Triathlon Coach; This previously high pressure and time intensive job was not something my injury could now endure. It was during this time that I took to the mountains surrounding Crested Butte, Colorado for weeks at a time to experience what I can only describe as “Wilderness Therapy.”
It was before one of these trips that I felt compelled to purchase a small camera.
During my time in the mountains I became acutely aware I had started to view the world around me differently. I started to see lines, shapes, patterns and textures. I connected with the recurrent flow of water, the rhythmic movement of trees as they blew in the wind and the subtle tonal transitions of the mountains contours. For the first time in my life I felt I was integrated into the world around me, rather than just an observer.
I primarily create black and white images. For some photographers this is a choice. For me, when I am fully absorbed in a landscape, the color usually fades away and I see a world bursting to life with vivid blacks, brilliant whites and a rainbow of greys. In the rare event that the color does not disappear, this is when I find myself creating color images.
It is not something I can fully explain. It’s just how I see.
In a very short time, photography has become an invaluable part of my life. It is through this medium that I can share with others how I interpret the world around me. It allows me to express what I am seeing, feeling and experiencing. It has helped me to accept the loss of the person I was and learn to embrace the person I am today.
Before the accident I was a dedicated academic and coach; now I am a curious and ever evolving creative.
Thank you for allowing me to share with you the world as I see it!