My foray into photography began along the railroad landscape. Throughout college, I explored railways in the Georgia backwoods and developed a love for the mystery and romanticism of steam and freight. Today, my main photography and artistic subjects consist of railways and their dynamic interactions and history. There is always something worth exploring along the rails.
From the snow-covered rockies to the electric city streets, landscapes and nightscapes present two of my favorite areas of photography, despite their apparent juxtaposition. Although I've stuck with landscapes for a while now, night photography, especially within the fantasy and neon-noire genre, has recently captivated my interest.
The world takes on a whole new view from the sky! With drone technology, new heights literally and figuratively can be achieved in photography. I shoot both video and photo with my DJI Mavic Mini. In this photograph, a westbound freight train is hurrying through the cozy Wisconsin suburbs on a wintry afternoon.
I began performing videography once I realized the amazing capabilities of drone flight. In this video, six cherry-red locomotives take a regular westbound freight train through Brookfield, WI, as I do my best to pace the train at 30mph! Music: Waiting for Love // Avici
In this video, the regular evening freight train T5 rolls into Madison, WI as it approaches the terminal on the east side of the city on a wintry evening. Railroads once again make for an interesting subject even in videography. From the night sky, the world takes on a surreality that is made possible only through the lens of aerial technology. Music: Lost Control // Alan Walker
During the COVID-19 pandemic, while quarantined and finishing my last semester of college, I decided to go on an adventure and enrolled in an online illustration course in Udemy. "Astro Kid" was one of the works that resulted. Techniques included working with Adobe Photoshop and a Huion Drawing Tablet.
You can create some cool things through Adobe Photoshop with a little imagination! After digital manipulation garnered some attention between my photographer friends and me back in college, I was inspired to create a few pieces using my railroad photographs and my smartphone. These are some of my favorites!
Chocolate Coffee Art Gallery (Decatur, GA) 2017 - 2019
Emory University Cox Hall (Atlanta, GA) 2018-2020
Robert W. Woodruff Library (Atlanta, GA) 2018-2020
Wisconsin Chapter - National RR Historical Society Interview
Center for Railroad Photography & Art Interview
Vino Cappuccino (Brookfield, WI) 2018
I'm an explorer and adventurist at heart, with interests in digital media ranging from photography to videography to illustration.
Most of what I know is self-taught through trial-and-error and supplemented through online learning. Some of my recent recognitions include being selected as a 2020 Docent Scholarship recipient by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, and as the Grand Prize and Third Place Winner of the 2020 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards contest (international).
With my academic background in chemistry, economics, and computer science, I tend to approach my work through a highly precise and detailed lens. I graduated from Emory University in 2020 and am currently pursuing my Master's degree in Computer Science with the University of Pennsylvania.