Body Dysmorphic Disorder can be characterized as "persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one's appearance", according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
This body of work was an exploration into how one person dealing with the disorder sees themselves and presents themselves to the outside world.
More images to come.
Photographing a Society
Documentary photography can be explained as a style of photography that chronicles events and environments, often but not always, over a period of time. These photographs generally hold historical or current day relevance on topics of issue.
Photographing organizations is just one example. This body of work focuses on Middle Tennessee State University’s Photo Society, a student organization, and provides an account on some of the events and meetings held by the group throughout the duration of the Spring 2017 semester.
Similar to America’s current political state in regards to changes in leadership, the Photo Society has also undergone a change in leadership with officers holding new positions this semester. Documenting this transition is important for many reasons; as a method of truth telling over time, to raise awareness of the society and its activities, but most importantly because it provides a record for not only the public but also members and officers to see and witness. This documentation could potentially help future officers to adapt their attitudes of how to manage a large group of people.
The work explores themes of leadership, officer and member interactions, emotions, student organization culture and events in a series of 12 large-scale 11”x14” archival prints and a printed poster of more photos from each event. The aim of this series is to provide a commentary on what participation in a student organization may be like, both as a member and as an officer in a position of administration.
The inspiration for this work came primarily from the work of Pete Souza, the former Chief Official White House photographer for Barack Obama. His documentary work throughout the Journey of the previous President from his time as a senator to the Obama Administration was captured in candid yet formal manners. This made his narrative all the more powerful as it told an honest story.
… Because history happens and photographers alone are able to capture the memories, frame by frame.
Environmental portraits can often be powerful representations of people and the places that hold significant meaning to them. Just like the medium of 35mm film, people and times can change, making these portraits meaningful for only a short period of time.
This body of work consists of 10 triptych-like environmental portraits that document the various settings encountered in the food industry. With this project, the goal was to provide insight into the different atmospheres one could experience at each type of establishment, while subconsciously creating memories. This work explores themes of people, places, emotions, and memory-making at a time people often disregard or consider unimportant due to the frequency of their occurrences. The different eateries presented in this work are located in the Murfreesboro-Nashville Area and range from more affordable fast food joints to higher-end dining establishments.
The inspiration for this work came primarily from the work of David Hilliard. After studying his work, in no time, the details began to stand out and lead to the creation of this collection of photographs. Not wanting to replicate his work, the inspiration influenced the development of a more personalized series of photographs that focused on the normalcy of life and daily routine. The result is a collection of environmental portraits that reflect memory-making events that are often overlooked.
The inclusion of the film’s sprocket holes and information in the final images pay homage to a unique medium that has been limited by time. It also demonstrates how the work was created and represents the idea of a fleeting memory that can be replaced or even completely forgotten...
…because memories fade but film does not.
The Technical View of a Landscape
This project looked into the technical aspect of image making using a 4x5 large format camera.
For each image in this series, the bellows, tilts, swings, shifts, raises and falls were adjusted to see how the image area and the focus would be affected. The time of year, proximity to different state parks, and the possibility of making each image unique from the previous were all among reasons for choosing landscapes for my subject matter.
Negatives, once developed, were scanned to create digital files which were then minimally edited, to keep images as true to capture as possible, and then digitally printed on 11” x 14" luster photo paper and window-matted.
More images coming soon.
Photo Board Book
This project was about creating a board book with content that reflected a personal interest or hobby.
For this book, sized 4"x4", I used 8"x10" Silver Gelatin prints to span across the spreads to illustrate my love of different types of photography. A cover was created to wrap around the front and back pages while allowing the book to still lay flat.
Sheets of unexposed Silver Gelatin paper were used on the inside covers to offer an element of interactive design, as those pages would change before the viewers eyes over time depending on the amount of light the pages receive.
An environmental portrait of a maintenance worker at a local motel in the Nashville area.
This image was made using 4x5 color sheet film which had been developed, scanned in and digitally printed on a large format printer. The final print measures 75 inches in length.
Shown below first as a whole and then each frame individually.
The Beauty in Our Everyday Lives
A double accordion book that presents a lifestyle comparison of the homes of two friends in a stitched panoramic photo triptych style inspired by photographer David Hilliard.
This is a hardback book wrapped in book cloth, sized 4" in height and 6" in width, made with off-white cover-weight paper which helps the pages stand and allows for viewer interaction. The book opens from the middle and can be pulled out on both sides to present a "walk through" of each environment symmetrically, allowing the viewer to compare and note similarities and differences.
Using digital tools to repair older photographs which have suffered from different types of damage like, discoloration, tears and creases, stains, water damage or fading. I can restore them to their former glory.
The Alphabet of Confined Things
I created a 4"x4" sized book with a hardback cover using cover-weight paper to form an accordion structure. For content, I displayed the entire alphabet in an uncommon way by taking pictures of objects confined to my house, that resembled letters. Content was printed digitally directly onto the materials which were then attached together manually to create the final book.
While working as a graphic designer for Froyoz, a local frozen yogurt chain in Knoxville, TN, I produced photographs and design concepts used to advertise products they sold, as well as, graphics for their promotional materials like fliers, leaflets, their website and their social media accounts which I managed.
The images below show photographs which brought my "Design Your Own Cone" concept to life showing the fun and delicious toppings available, in addition to graphics used on their website and illustrations promoting the flavor of the week and catchy-saying graphics used on social media. I also produced large scale promotional materials like the children's Instagram frame and coupons used across the entire chain.
The redesign for the Froyoz website saw a move towards a more modern, clean and simple look while clearly presenting the brand across each page through the use of its unified color palette, product related use of imagery, easy to navigate layout, consistent typography and overall styling.
The movement and response of dynamic components in the design in addition to the speed at which the pages load really provide a professional.
Froyoz Website Redesign
Tenfold - A BFA Show
Tenfold was the BFA Graphic Design show I had presented when I was nearing graduation from East Tennessee State University.
Below is the Artist Statement that goes alongside this body of work.
My graphic design is all about effective communication. Whether this is through the various forms of visual representation such as packaging, typography or branding, a successful design is able to relay a message or represent a product to particular audiences.
I have been lifting cases of beer and boxes of chocolates my whole life. I gained direct exposure to all types of brands and packaging by working in the family store when I was younger. My passion for package design was cemented further by the notion that designs could be changed seasonally with holidays like Valentines Day, Easter and Christmas.
In this body of work, I explored the possibilities of how to individualize one identity in a range of packaging. I created the logo, the brand and an identity that would together unify each of the approaches to the 6 different package designs I was creating that addressed a variety of products from different categories. A special feature of this problem is to use the same identity but maintain an overall visual identity. Of the 6 packages, 3 of the designs I have created address repurposed designs that have a secondary use.
One thing I recognized while designing these packages was that a product and its brand could occasionally conflict. One of the challenges I appreciate as a designers to incorporate the essential information into a visually appealing design.
My work addresses the issues that control the design such as the purpose of the product or service, that target audience, and how the product would function. The work that I have produced for this show is my idea of how effective packaging with visual draw can be redefined to showcase the potential that package design has.
Soft Stone Typeface
A handmade serif font that contains the uppercase alphabet with letters from A-Z. The purpose is to convey the message in a straight-forward manner but still charm the inattentive without exaggerations on the structure.