My newest series Never Never Land was originally going to be a short series that I would write a small simple story for. About a fucked up miniverse that is a collection of horrors and monstrosities that reflect all the negative consciousness of humanity. This series is now evolving more and more into a larger story.  It’s becoming an outlet for some of my more … imaginative ideas. I wont spoil anything, I hope for it to be up on the site by the end of this month.

My Comic characters series aka Home Brew Heroes is a more traditional portrait series that I thought I was finished with. I’m now turning it into a giant messed up Brady Bunch scene of characters reflecting some existing characters for the nerd side of my appetites. But for the laymen, it is designed for you to read a realism inside super hero context. I would right more into this but that is it for now.

For the last two years my photographs have both referenced and incorporated elements of comics into their imagery. I have a personal interest in Comic theory, especially since comic media is usually down played as a harmless subject for school children or adult shut-ins who live with their mothers. To the contrary, I believe the language of comic culture is rich with meaning, and that comics can freely reflect and interpret the moods and values of the times in which they are made. This is evident from the idealistic Superman of the late 1930’s to early 1940′, to the jaded Spawn (by Tod Mcfarlane) of the 1990’s.

Scott McCloud’s series of books on comics was particularly helpful to me as I made this work. I thought of his idea of “object extensions” as I made the first series, my comic portraits. These are portraits of heroes or villains whom I hope viewers will freely use to create their own narratives. Though some people familiar with comic media will a few tributes and parodies to some of my favorite characters.

In my second series, which I call panels, in reference to the structural format of comics, each piece is made up of layers of photos, graphics, and drawings. I intend each layer to tell a story which then bleeds through as it interacts with the other layers. I hope the viewer gets lost as they wind through the image and end up creating their own story. I created the panel series in order to combine my aesthetic preference for comic media and graphics with what I have learned and developed as a photographer.