Today I turn 22, but I wish I was turning 19. I’m not even sure why I hate getting older so much, because each year gets better for me. Tomorrow is my last day in Illinois before I move to Oregon. I can’t wait, early on Monday Ill start driving, but it will take a few days to get there. I think it will be a good way to start a new year of my life; My life here in Illinois has grown pretty stagnant anyways.
I also finished the cover for my book, Ill post it some time soon-ish I think. I’m really excited to see things move forward!
• 11 January 2014 • 344 notes
hahaaa this is my favorite. They cropped my face out of every photo and gave me the wrong name. You can see the actual photo set here
• 6 January 2014 • 7,433 notes
I took this of my friend Natalie in an abandoned house last week.
I’m moving to Oregon in a week. I’ve been in a weird mood and I feel like my work has been suffering from it lately. But I’m hoping this move will put me back on track. My book is really close to done, and I hope to send it off to the printer at the end of the month.
• 6 January 2014 • 1,208 notes
Since people are already complaining, the bird was already dead, my cat brought it to the door the other night haha
• 24 December 2013 • 113 notes
ypt-leafonthewind asked: I want to say first off that I love your work - you're one of my favourite photographers by far. Secondly, I was wondering if you are still planning on making a book of your photographs from your road trip across the country and if so, is there even a rough guess of when it will be out?
Yeah I definitely still am! I dont want to put out a specific date, because its more based on how long it takes to print and ship everything, but early 2014 definitely! Its like 90% done, I’ve just been slow with it recently because of a bunch of stuff, but it’s getting there. I could put some preview stuff up soon so people know its still in progress haha
• 15 December 2013 • 78 notes
I’ve been trying to finish all the loose ends here in Illinois before I move next month, but I keep starting new things and it will make it hard to leave. I slowed down a lot on creating new work this last week. It’s been snowing too much, my car slid and got stuck briefly in the forest when I went to shoot today. I spent the weekend in NYC to meet some one, and was able to see some friends. It was snowing so hard though; my flight was delayed for 4 hours, and a friend drove out in the middle of the night to get me. Coasting but doing good. When I’m in Oregon I’m gonna be shooting so much new work, I promise haha
• 15 December 2013 • 84 notes
I think I might start writing a journal here every one in a while. I don’t really have a personal outlet, and everything I do has felt so public lately. Maybe it could motivate me to keep track of things better because I feel like my photos sometimes act as a journal, but I don’t want to grow old and forget things.
I got back from Tokyo a few days ago. I spent the last few nights wandering the streets looking for some place interesting, and trying to get lost on the subway. I meant to shoot some personal work, but I think it’s sometimes good to just relax and just take things in.
I made a split decision to move to Oregon this winter. I mean, it’s something I had kind of planned, but it’s happening sooner than I had expected. I always dreamed of moving there and living in an artists commune of sorts. Spending days lugging props and building sets and trying to reorganize my thoughts into still images. I’ve been thinking a lot about what my work means to me, and that still yet constant non-existent narrative I’m trying to capture.
I found a warehouse I plan on renting when I get out there. It’s 1400 sq feet with an office attached. I want to start building sets and mess around with lighting and see what I can do with that. I’ll start collecting old furniture and thrift store junk and start building. I love doing more hands-on work. Like something more sculptural. I’m happy with what I’ve been creating, but I sometimes need to explore different aspects of photography to keep myself moving forward.
Things have been moving so fast and I’ve been reflecting a lot on how I got to this point and what the next step is. It’s odd because I never expected to make it to where I am, and I had spent countless nights daydreaming about the point in my life I now reached. It just doesn’t feel like I expected, but I’ve learned things normally don’t, but I’ve been really happy lately, so something is definitely going right.
Ill let you know when I get out there though. I’ll spend maybe five days driving across the country again, and it will feel good to be on the road again even if just for an instant.
• 4 December 2013 • 337 notes