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Sarah Petit

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m Sarah Petit and I’ve been making pottery for about 17 years. I make functional pieces in soft, organic forms that feel good in your hands.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Each piece starts out as a ball of clay that I pinch into shape on the wheel or by hand. The piece kind of grows between my fingers. I try not to force things. So much of success in pottery is in knowing when to work the clay and when to let it rest. Everything depends on how wet or dry the piece is.

Then comes glazing, which is a whole other thing. Lots can go wrong in the kiln and you can spend forever tweaking a glaze recipe. I usually keep it pretty simple, and use a lot of neutrals and blues.

In the end I want to make something that you’re going to enjoy and keep using for a long time. It should have its own personality, but it shouldn’t feel too precious to use every day.

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

I love the process of making things. I make functional art because I think the things we use every day might as well be interesting and special.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Beyond, of course, the history, architecture and bones of the city, I love the inclusiveness here. I’m constantly surprised and amazed by the way people are working together to make things happen, and they do it beautifully. I see a lot of the “rising tides raise all ships” mentality– I hope it stays that way.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

I’m inspired by nature, even though that sounds so cliché. I studied biology and botany in school and I’m fascinated by the beautiful systems that make us tick—functional art at the highest level. And I’m inspired by organic forms that aren’t quite perfect. You recognize a maple leaf when you see it, but each one is slightly different. That’s how my pieces are, which means they can’t be replicated by a machine.

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Lindsay Cashews

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am a designer/performer/photographer/artist/writer/muse.

I have a pseudonym (Skandoughless or SKNDLSS) that produces art, textiles, and clothing.

I have a degree, I promise.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

I call them “Glimmering_Facets,” the moments of fleeting inspiration. When I see a color, muse, thing that triggers me into creating, I can’t stop until it is manifested. Its manic insanity at that point, and eventually something is created as an artifact of that moment.

Collaboration is also extremely important as a catalyst for the physical manifestation. Creative partnerships often create results from new information / exchange of practice.

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

It inspires people to their utmost potential.

To awaken, to create visual confrontation to a set of circumstances that may differ or compare to the viewer’s own. The moment of human relationship is interesting to me, because it speaks to a bigger picture.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

It is inspiring to me to be in a community that is constantly recreating and reimagining itself. The people who have been here a long time vs the adaptation process with constant influx of new people in the city. I have been here over 3 years now, and with each day I meet someone new who is creating something, and working really hard to push themselves. Of course having low financial obligations in the city also allows me to finance my own practice. Without food and shelter it’s really hard to create.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

People, conversations, music, perspective. Pushing for freedom. A constant need to be better.

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BakPak Durden

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My name is Bakpak Durden and I don’t know what I want people to know about me.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

My artistic process involves determining subject matter; which usually involves some sort of wordplay, mythology and or something anatomical. After which i try to incorporate a number of things that relate to said subject matter. Integrating triangles, circles and lines to tell a story (kind of like a riddle)

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

Because it’s a controlled state of madness

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Everything is full circle.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

Cinematography and music.

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Megan Lynn Kott

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

West by Midwestern gal who uses watercolor to illustrate cats & other creatures.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

I try to emphasize unusual colors, using the subject matter of cute animals, things that make me laugh, or pop-culture references. Often combining all three into a sketch, then using watercolor to render it in my own personal way. I usually top it all off with some silly, humorous, or saucy statement. I try to weave text into my work whenever possible.

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

Art feels good to make. I often ask myself if I would still make art, even if no one else saw it. I think I would.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

I see in Detroit a city of people doing it for themselves. When government, infrastructure, and industry has failed them – they still wake up every day and get it done. There is also a crazy artistic energy going on in Detroit right now, I feel honored to be immersed in it currently.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

Cats!, bats, redheads, comedy, strong women doing bad-ass work, science, sad animals, cute animals, did I mention cats?

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Jasmine Stader

All of my work revolves around a theme of Impermanence. “Change and external forces are forever present” is my mantra. This statement makes me feel as if my personal choices have an impact but full control is not only an illusion but also unimportant. My art is an outlet for reflection. When I create, I am able to shift my focus away from judgements and superficial thoughts to a holistic view. Creating makes me feel as if I am a minuscule spec in the universe and fills me with gratitude for the short time I get to experience and observe this crazy world.

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Rachel Knorp

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

My name is Rachel Knorp and I’m an Artist/Designer based out of Southeast, MI. I want people to know that I’m down with the sickness.

 

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

My artistic process is sort of all over the place. Sometimes it comes as easy as sitting down and starting a sketch to making the final layers of paint until completion in one shot, to coming back to it 4 different times that week reworking it and still not being satisfied, having a piece that has been sitting in my studio for a year unfinished, or working on a painting for 16 hours straight with 1 short break to eat and maybe 3 pots of coffee. The essence of my process is nothing short of having a method in madness.

 

WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

I make art because I don’t know any other way to live. I have so many ideas trapped in my mind minds at all times just bursting to come out. Art has taken me a lot of great places in my life and I want to keep riding this weird wave of creative freedom until the day that I die because any other wave seems pretty boring.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Detroit is strong, and determined. Those are two of the most inspiring traits to carry, and among so many people in this extremely wide community who I have met, present those traits with pride. Not only pride in themselves and their abilities but pride in their city, and all of the resources around them which helped to make it all possible. The social creative aspects of the city are gleaming with opportunity and friendships; you can never have a bad time here. If you do then you’re probably an asshole.

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

So much! Too much! A lot of my work is specifically inspired by the atomic era, horror/sci-fi films, and female liberation. In a broader sense, I’ve recently been deeply inspired by the general work and lifestyle of Wayne White. When you quit your job of 3 years, feel like you need to choose a career path immediately but have too many interests and want to DO IT ALL , watch “Beauty Is Embarrassing” and the art-based chaotic lifestyle you lead won’t feel so crazy.

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Who are you and what do you want people to know about you? 

I’m a self taught artist from Vermont who loves collaboration. I’ve been actively pursuing a career in the arts for the last 2 years, this is my first Solo Show.

 

What are your plans for the future? 

I’m currently finishing up an intense period of high creativity. I received a grant in August to do art installations along Michigan Ave in Corktown through the People First Project which has been ongoing. While managing all of that, I also created this entire collection of work FOR this show, so creatively I’m looking to wander into another medium to get some new energy in my process. I’m currently planning a Short-Film Festival that I hope to make an annual public event, where anyone can submit any genre of work so long as it is under 8 minutes. The point is to take it just as seriously as you want to, but that it’s accessible to even the inexperienced. We dress up and have a premier and pretend it’s a big deal, hand out awards and have Q&A’s with the creators. It’s going to be a laugh.
I’m also working with a couple of friends in hopes of designing an incentives program for shopping and sourcing locally, since Detroit has so many amazing makers, artists, and entrepreneurs to choose from.
Additionally, if anyone has any cool project ideas they need help on, I love being involved and can be reached at the contact info provided.

 

Website: ckanemade.com
Instagram: @unclezatch
facebook: facebook.com/ckanemade
Email: TalkSolace@gmail.com

 

Artist Feature: C Kane

What is your artistic process? 

My artistic process varies depending on the medium, but for the most part I love high detail and line work. I spent a lot of my high school years doodling and practicing straight lines, so I put that into practice now. When it comes to prints and paintings, I like any chance to practice my dexterity and create depth with my amount of detail. I make art because I can’t seem to stop thinking about or assessing it. Every time I take in anything visual, on some level I am trying to figure out how it was made or what the most striking elements are. I feel restless when not creating, I think even I don’t comprehend how much of my mind it consumes on a daily basis.

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What is the inspiration for your exhibit at Our/Detroit? How were you inspired by Detroit?

I’ve never been more inspired by a place than Detroit. I first started reading about the city and its creative scene in February of 2011, and continued to research it until I moved here in 2013. To me the attitude of this city is resilient, creative, and organic. I also find the architecture and design from its cultural booms extremely attractive–art deco, for example.

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WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

It makes me feel like a whole, well-adjusted person. Sometimes I do it to make money, but mostly I do it because I enjoy it so much. I don’t really have any other talents.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Detroit is so full of art and inspiration, it’s a great place. I love the architecture, the museum, the street art. Sometimes I find things to put in collages just by walking around!

 

WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOU?

Cats, women’s issues, pop culture, mental illness….I make work involving all these things.

 

Mary Williams October Artist

WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am Mary Williams, an artist originally from the Toledo, Ohio area. I would like people to know that I am a passionate cat lady, feminist, and versatile artist.

WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

I have a constant stream of projects going in my head! Sometimes I start with a collage background, or I will start with a drawing of my main subject. I make drawings, cut them out, then collage them onto a chosen background. Then I will draw on top, and sometimes I add 3 dimensional objects.


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What is your artistic process?

It usually starts out in a sketch book. I have a specific brand I’ve been using for years and nothing else feel’s right. I’ve got quite a stack of them built up now haha. Final stages of my processes are always different though. I’ve been drawing and painting my whole life and I’m really curious about all medium’s. I have a degree in Digital Illustration so ‘often times my work is finalized using a tablet in photoshop, but since I’ve been out of school I’ve been letting myself get back into feeling out art the way I used to before there was such pressure and stress behind it and just going with the flow. I’m a lot happier with my work when I create that way rather then being very clean and organized about it.

How are you inspired by Detroit?

I tell my friends this all the time, there’s extreme creative freedom here. So many homes that were abandoned you could just buy and paint the outside how ever you want! Heidelberg is a great example of that. I see all the time places that have huge sculptures outside or broken mirrors glued to it and its so freeing. It feels like there’s no limitations here, and because everything is still so inexpensive it feels like anything you dreamed of doing with your career as an artist you could make a reality in half the time you once thought. Not to mention the community, being in a city like Chicago there’s such competition, but here everyone wants to help the city and is encouraging each other to do great things and be expressive and its really inspiring and heart warming.

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You can contact Michelle through instagram @yaok_m or email MichelleGoinsArt@gmail.com

August Artist Feature

Michelle Goins

Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

I’m just a kid and life is a nightmare.

No I’m kidding.

 

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Why do you make art?

What a question! How does anyone answer this haha I think it helps me think? I’ve never been good in any of my English classes, I’ve never gotten a higher score than a B probably, which I guess isn’t the worst but they were far and few between. Often when I’m trying to explain something to someone and I can’t figure out how ill just draw it. I’ve always been a visual person with learning and directions and I think that if I didn’t make art Id feel a lot more trapped in my head and frustrated with being unable to speak the things I can’t without images.

What are your plans for the future?

My dream, to open up my own store with a tattoo shop in the back haha I want to do it all really, tattoo artist, shirts, buttons, cards, anything I can put my designs and illustrations onto I want to do that.

 

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WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m Carolyn Weber! I live in West Village where I spend all day eating, watering my plants and creating for both my job and personal art. I’m really just consumed by all things beautiful and that’s what I want to express and the way I want to live. I try not to be so serious and laugh at my weirdness often. I love flowers, gin, being on the water and waving at dogs. You can find me at Our often, I love all the ladies there. If you hit me up on Instagram @cawillustration you can see all the pretty drinks I consume made by what I call my ‘Detroit fam.

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WHY DO YOU MAKE ART?

I have so many feelings going on inside and art is one of the only ways I know how to express them. There’s a certain type of way I want to be perceived and that overflows into my art and is a way for me to also become that aesthetic. The way I see things or think of things or what is important to me, I want to capture that in my art and have people relate to it in a way that relates to them. And it’s just plain fun! Sure, sometimes I’m stressing myself out over it hardcore and busting my ass thinking this isn’t fun anymore but how cool is it to create something out of nothing!? That’s what’s really special to me, seeing the piece come together and the personal achievement when it’s complete.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE?

For my art I’d like to loosen up and create pieces that are more gestural and unfinished looking, not so tightly rendered like my work now. This is a way of working that’s extremely hard for me to grasp but an aesthetic I really like and want to possess in my own way.

For just life I’d love to own my own gallery. That’s like the ultimate for me. I’d love to be able to create the same type of opportunity I was given for other artists, plus openings are just SO fun. Making it into an even crazier event/space would be extra chill. I grew up around muscle cars so I’d love to find a 70’s Corvette and fix it up and make it mine. I have no idea what I’m doing but totally still a dream of mine.

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WHAT IS YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Just throughout daily life I collect images I come across that make me feel something. Mostly these are photos of girls, water, clouds, fashion, flowers, space, food & drinks, makeup, certain color combos and lighting. When I go to create a piece I choose a girl that has a specific vibe I’m going for. From there I add in elements that create her personality. A lot of this has to do with things I hold important or the way I go about creating myself. I work mainly in pastel so it’s a lot of layering colors and blending to achieve that super smooth, realistic feel. Planning out a piece that happens over time can totally change from the beginning because how I feel at a certain time might have changed.

 

HOW ARE YOU INSPIRED BY DETROIT?

Detroit is where I got my start as what I consider becoming a ‘real’ artist when I had my residency at Red Bull House of Art. I don’t think there’s anywhere else I could be doing what I’m doing and around the different types of people and environments than in Detroit. The people are the nicest I’ve ever met. I can’t get in my elevator at my apartment without someone asking how I am. There’s a little kid from the building next to mine that yells, ‘good morning Michigan!’ almost every morning. There’s so much character, inspiration, drive and freedom here. These are all things I noticed really fast after being away and the reason I’m back living here. Detroit can be so weird and so grungy but those are still reasons I love it. I could go on and on forever.

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email: carolyncawillustration@gmail.com

 

See some of Carolyn’s work exhibited in the tasting room at Our/Detroit the month of July. Address: 2545 Bagley St, Detroit MI 48216 Hours: W & Th 5-11pm, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 1pm-12am, Sun 12-6pm


 

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The Menu & DFC Field Guides

This summer we’ve partnered with Detroit Future City on the seasonal cocktail menu. Showcased on the back is information about the “Field Guide to Working with Lots” mini-grant program. So far, 15 exemplary grassroots organizations, businesses and residents have been selected to transform vacant land into green infrastructure. They have adopted designs from the field guide and implemented land stewardship activities throughout their neighborhoods. Sign up for our newsletter in our tasting room, follow us on instagram, like us on facebook to get the latest updates regarding local partnerships, fundraising opportunities, and more. Stayed tuned for news later this summer for news about our two year anniversary of our tasting room and distillery in the Hubbard Ricard neighborhood in Southwest, Detroit.

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What happens on Friday night at Our/Detroit?

KARAOKE BAY BAY yes– every Friday 8pm-12am I’ll be at Our/Detroit hosting karaoke for the fine people in the city.

What do you like about DJing Karaoke night?

Djing karaoke– or KJing as we call it in the biz– is the best job I’ve ever had. Basically I love singing and I’ve found that doing it a lot (three nights a week) my voice has become A LOT stronger. What I’m saying is that you need to come to Our/Detroit every Friday and sing all night and work out those pipes!!! But it’s a lot of fun and introduces you to a lot of new music that you wouldn’t hear otherwise. Even if you are just there to hangout, not to sing, it’s a good time!

I also host karaoke in Ferndale at the WAB every Wednesday from 10pm-2am and in Hamtramck at Kelly’s Bar from 10pm-2am. Check out my facebook page: Stefyoke to keep up with any new karaoke!

 

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Feature Stef Chura

Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

I’m Stef Chura. I grew up in northern Michigan… Alpena to be specific. I’ve played guitar since I was 13 and have been writing songs since I was 14. I’ve been performing under my name both solo and backed by friends since I moved downstate in 2008. I lived in Ypsi for 4 years and moved to Detroit in 2012.

 

What kind of music does your band play? When did you release your latest album and where can someone buy it?

*Grunge Pop* or maybe some form of indie rock? My songs are kind of poppy but other times are obtuse– with heavy fingerpicking on an electric guitar. I have an album recorded but we are still looking for a label to release it. For now you can check out some singles from the unreleased album “Messes” on my soundcloud. To tie us over we made a split tape with Anna Burch that just came out on the Detroit label Palm Tapes which you can check out at www.palmtapes.com or the next time we play! Which is May 19th at UFO Factory with Fred Thomas, Dominic Coppola, Minihorse.

 

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What do you love about Detroit?

Detroit is the best. Whenever I come back here it feels like home in a way no other place has. I’ve learned a lot from this city and I love the people in the music community I’ve met. The rent is cheaper here than anywhere else. I live in Hamtramck so everything is within walking distance and the food is amazing but insanely cheap! Definitely my favorite of the few places I’ve lived in Michigan.

Who are you as a brand and do you want people to know about you?

We are a brand that values all natural products, delicious tastes, and affordability. We are interested in unique design, progressive branding and marketing tactics, and classic flavors with the occasional experiment.  As a brand and business we feel connected to Detroit and its people. We care about the well being of our city, our image, and strive to add to its already great business, design, and social culture.

We want to be high quality and affordable. There is definitely a food and drink movement happening where more people are demanding fresh, natural, non-processed foods but it is still expensive and not accessible to all. We really strive to be affordable.

 

Where do you sell your product?

We sell our mixers online at wolfmoonmixers.com, at Our Detroit Distillery and various small gourmet and boutique stores in Detroit and surrounding Metro Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and a few other towns in Michigan.

 

How are you inspired by Detroit?

It is no secret that everyone is starting to look at Detroit as a place of great opportunity. We are no different. We are inspired by the people of Detroit and their ability to persevere, even in difficult times. We are inspired by the community and their willingness to support one another. We are excited at the possibility of having an impact on shaping the future of our city through activating vacant land to social events.

 

 

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WOLFMOON MIXERS

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Why do you make Wolf Moon Mixers?

We wanted to simplify the difficult process of fresh squeezing citrus and other juices to make cocktails.  In the process we also made it more affordable since it is more cost effective to make mixers in larger quantities. These are the drinks we would want to make and drink, there was nothing like it available so we decided to start producing them to sell.

What are your plans for the future?

Continue to grow our distribution, open up a tasting room in Detroit and continue to grow a presence in bars and restaurants that may not have the ability to make fresh juice cocktails.

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Who are you and what do you want people to know about you?

My name is Emily, I go by EE Berger professionally, and I am a food and lifestyle photographer living in Woodbridge in Detroit. I graduated from CCS almost 10 years ago and after living in NY and working as an agent at a modeling agency, I came to a place where I was wondering why I was working so hard on my models’ career and not my own? So my boyfriend and I schemed up a plan to move back to my home city of Detroit and pursue new plans and dreams and that’s just what we did towards the end of 2014. Since then I’ve been freelancing full time, shooting editorials, catalogs and for small businesses here in the city. It’s been an awesome ride and I’m constantly pinching myself over the fact that this crazy idea that I should quit a full time job in NY and move home to Detroit to freelance, actually worked!

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How are you inspired by Detroit?

In so many ways! The history and the city’s past is consistently the most inspiring part for me. I’m constantly blown away at what this city and it’s people have done. Also I’ve never met a group of people that love the place they’re living in as much as Detroiters. How can that not catch on? I also love the emptiness in parts of the city as I’m not necessarily a city person at heart- Detroit is a perfect place for me to be because of that. Lastly this isn’t necessarily inspiration but the city gives me a drive to prove something, prove what we do here and how awesome it is. When Chris (my fiancee) and I moved out of Brooklyn we had a few people that questioned that decision and weren’t necessarily the most supportive. We had jobs and friends and were living and surviving in one of the hardest cities to live in, why would we want to leave that? That attitude and response lit a fire under my a** and left me with an incredible motivation to prove what can be done outside of a city like NY and especially what can be done in Detroit.

 

 

What are your plans for the future?

Hopefully we’ll buy a home within the year- I can’t wait to work on a house and work in a creative way that’s much more physical than I’m used to. One day I’d love a small farm. Professionally it’s full steam ahead. Do more of what I’ve been doing and honing in on my craft. I can’t wait to see what Detroit is like in 3, 5, 7 years! I just want to continue to produce better and better work thats relevant and helps show what Detroit has to offer.

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What is your artistic process?

I try to keep my process pretty low-key and organic. I don’t light things, I work with natural / available light exclusively. I personally have always felt it was crazy that people spent so much time trying to replicate natural daylight with artificial lighting. Because of that I think I’ve learned how to see available light very quickly and work within that. I’m not really interested in hyper-styled and controlled images (although I know those have their place, too) and try to set a mood and scene with lighting and composition. Also I’m a pretty quick shooter. I generally just have a gut reaction when I know I have a shot that is the winner.

Why do you take photographs?

I think a part of the reason is that I’m a bit of a control freak and photographing allows me to control a small rectangle of the world for one moment. That sounds a little crazy but I just love composing photographs in the camera and then seeing the result later. I also love food culture and sometimes I secretly wish I was a chef so shooting food allows me to be a part of that world on my own terms. I come from a very creative family and we all have our own outlets, but I was not blessed with the ability to draw, sketch or paint. Shooting has been my most rewarding and successful creative outlet since the start so it stuck.

 

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