jtr9000 said: How do you feel about being labled the "shy photographer" now? Do you think its making your personality or perceived personality overshadow your work or is any publicity good publicity?
This is a good question and it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. That article doesn’t really focus on the most important parts of myself. I hope people appreciate my work for what it is, and not just based on my background. I totally understand that sites like that want to attract viewers, but I wish they would instead talk to me, ask me about what my work means or about what I’m doing with my life now. The information was outdated by more than a year. I hope I’m not coming off as unappreciative, because I truly do appreciate any support no matter what motivation; it’s hard for me to believe what my life has become, and I honestly could not be more grateful. I am so happy to hear that the article inspired people, and that people with anxiety, or people who wanted to follow their dreams or whatever were able to relate to me. That is seriously incredible and I am so happy to hear my work could possibly have that effect on any one. I have had a lot of hard times in the past, and the article discussed one of those things, but I think every one goes through shit and that doesn’t define them. Overall, I think any publicity is still good publicity, and I am appreciative that they put out the article
If you want to read something more in depth about me and my work, Empty Kingdom did a great interview with me here
Anonymous said: Are you sleeping in your car as well? Is that safe?
Well I’m back in Chicago from the trip now, but yeah when I was travelling I’d sleep in my car a lot. Usually in walmart parking lots, or anywhere rural. Its pretty safe if you lock the doors. One time a homeless guy tried to open my door when I was resting at night and I was so freaked out haha. I just said “no” and started the car and drove some where else
Anonymous said: How do you view your old work? Is there a certain point where you think your art eventually got "good"? Do you ever realize you really LIKE some old stuff? Does it just bore you?
Oh man, I cringe so bad looking at a lot of my old work. Especially when I see them posted on tumblr or in an article or whatever. I like most photos I’ve taken within the past 12-16 months, and a handful that I’ve taken before that. I even have some photos I still like from the first 9 months I started photography, but to be honest they were just strokes of luck more than anything. I think artists naturally grow and move into different ways of thinking. Especially early on, there are a lot of technical problems I see with my early work, or ideas that I feel are shallow or boring. But honestly, in a year or two I will probably feel the same about a lot of the work I create now, so who knows haha
Anonymous said: Where in Germany? Are you going to be there as well?
At the Hamburg Affordable Art Fair! And no I wont be there unfortunately, but I might have a show there that I’ll attend sometime in 2014 or something? No promises though haha
Anonymous said: How is life treating you?
Ha this is a nice question, I never get ones like this. But really good! This last year has been the best I’ve had. I’ve definitely made a complete turnaround, I’m really happy now. I feel like art kind of helps me reconnect with an past insecurities and troubles. Like it has helped me move on but at the same time, it makes me focus on things in my past more than I normally would. But with that I’ve been doing a lot of deep thinking, and spending time alone and it’s nice.
Also I signed on with a new agency, am having my work exhibited in Germany in a couple days, and am going to Tokyo at the end of this month so I have things to look forward to.
Anonymous said: ever been to an abandoned hospital?what about an abandoned mental facility? I was thinking about going to an abandoned mental hospital i live near but i hear some patients still hang around there..
Yeah, I’ve been to all sorts of abandoned buildings (Hospitals, High schools, Factories, etc etc). I still like houses more because theres more of a personality to them
alaskahighway said: Who takes the self-portraits of you?
Me. I use a tripod and a remote timer