I'm a photographer based in Oakland, CA. I was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, and spent my early youth in San Jose, CA. I moved to Vashon Island in Washington state, living on a farm and "off the land" as they say. I'm convinced much of my subject matter is rooted in my early experiences there. In 2012, California's clarion call and golden promises beckoned me back home. Since then I've logged many miles on road trips rediscovering the golden state and the west. I also document the urban landscape, particularly Oakland with its rich history, diverse culture, and rapid change.
My visual pursuits center around my love of the road trip, getting out of dodge, a certain kind of freedom. Objects in isolation and the swiftly changing landscape are a continual draw for me. Distinct local architecture and "unintentional" art as a practical matter. How do things end up apart from the rest, abandoned to time? How will we adapt to rapid environmental changes? How do we preserve any sense of individuality as instant global communication threatens a dreaded sameness, a monotonous plenitude, a homogenous and bland environment where the economy favors those with disproportionate access to opportunity?
I am interested in California as a destination for escapists of all sorts; dreamers, thrill-seekers, hermits, outlaws, carpetbaggers, swindlers. A bittersweet mecca for many, I also capture portraiture of interesting characters in small towns or the action packed life of urban dwellers.
My goal is straightforward. To make images that evoke feeling. When I relate to a photograph, I want to visit that place or know those people, to understand more about it. This is a special quality of photography.