How would you define photography?
Photography is really this shape-shifting art form that sometimes results in not even touching a camera anymore. There’s a freedom with photography that is kind of rare; it’s an experimental practice that sort of nurtures your creativity and lends you to so many other mediums.
What was the main reason you started taking photos?
When I was younger, I loved to paint. Then I realized I only liked to paint from photos. I could create the image in my head, but I could never bring it to life without reference. That is probably what made me pick up a camera at first, and then I just began enjoying taking the reference photos more than actually painting from them.
You seem to have an amazing relationship with portraits. Why is that?
I don’t know how well I can describe it, but the first thing that comes to mind is that I like making someone look like a hyper-real version of themselves. I find a strange pleasure in having control over how the subject of the portrait is perceived, hopefully that doesn’t make me seem villainous, it’s just satisfying to have this totally real person become a myth in front of me.
What or who would be your biggest influence?
Right now: 3D virtual home tours, the sunlight inside the 9/11 memorial, animators, glitter, Jordan Wolfson, Jon Rafman, 1995 Inez van Lamsweerde.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
For the past 7 months I’ve been shooting portraits on the Hasselblad H3D and it is pretty cute. For video I use a secret mystery camera.
Is there something you always ask yourself/think just before you push the button?
I can’t say there is. Maybe “I hope I remember how to do this”
Interview by Callikrati Vuyuk.