In 1999 I passed the Bar and opened a small office focused on criminal defense. Within six months I had my first “big” case, an attempted murder. A few months after that I had “big” case, a stabbing. Soon thereafter I assisted more senior attorneys on death penalty cases. And so it went for the next 15 years, narcotics trafficking, sexual assault, shootings, stabbings, embezzlement, and on and on. Until the day in 2012, my wife said “Your job is making you angry and sad. Pick something else, anything else, and do it well.”
I entered into criminal defense because I am interested in people. In their stories, their lives. This same fascination is what led me to pursue film and portrait photography as my second career. I enjoy exploring and capturing facets of the human condition and the challenge of telling story as Documentary Art. I’m predominately self taught and have also taken some classes at Duke University Moving Image Program. I am enjoying the journey towards mastering the art.
I currently serve on the board of The Light Factory, which works to inspire and empower our Charlotte, NC community through photography education and exhibitions.
Photography as Response
Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Collins CO
Group Exhibition – Juried by Christy Havranek
This exhibition examines photography as response to social issues and the responsibility of photographers to speak with their art.
Living in Limbo
Powers McCartan Building, Concord NC
Solo Exhibition exploring liminality and otherness through photographs of asylum grantees housed in a temporary camp awaiting assignment to a new home country.
Not Just Another Day in May (Group Exhibition)
Curated by Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Photographs selected to be part of this group exhibit marking the one year anniversary of the Moore, OK tornado.
Still Standing: Images from Moore Oklahoma
Bistro La Bon, Charlotte NC
Solo Exhibition of 12 select images documenting the immediate aftermath of the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Moscow International Foto Awards, Moscow, Russia
First Place Special Category:
Abstract Moving Images
Second Place Overall:
48 Hour Film Project, Charlotte NC
Best Director for short film Surprises