Kollage. (Or..."collage" if they aren't from Knell StudioWorks) Noun. A technique of digitally composing photo elements and various art materials to form an expressive whole that kommunicates to, and/or evokes interest and feelings in, the viewer about what is going on with the piece. Subject matter includes KC sports, Walt Disney and whatever else strikes my imagination.
I've lived in Kansas City for the majority of my life. Moving to the area in 1988 to attend college at University of Missouri-KC with my then girlfriend (now wife). Consequently, having spent the better part of my adult life in the area, I know the heartbeat and rhythms of the city like a well worn, comfortable pair of jeans and my photography is a reflection of that comfort and time spent exploring. It's a city of diverse textures that range in everything from sophisticated urban views to the manicured lawns and structured spaces of the suburban prairie. Bottom line is that there isn't a better place for me to be than right here in KC. It isn't a city to me...it's a place that I love. It's a place I call home.
Capturing landscapes is one of my passions. Shooting the heartland's wide open spaces and gigantic skies. Shooting urban scenes with sharp angles, gritty textures and dramatic shadows. A well composed and properly lit landscape photo should not only document the scene in front of the camera but should also evoke a feeling and set a mood in the viewer while also telling a specific story about the particular space.
I grew up at Walt Disney World. My first trip was in 1976 when I was just a boy of 8 years old and it is a tradition that has continued not only with my parents but with my wife and kids as well. For me it is not only a vacation destination...it is truly like a second home. A home full of good memories of family and times not only with my kids but of the simpler times of my youth as well. The visual language that is spoken at WDW is colorfully kinetic...full of energy and drama and one that I relish in trying to capture in all of it's multi sensory glory. When I'm successful...that is a PixieGraph. Because a PixieGraph isn't just a photo...it's an expression of a moment in time in Disney World. Sometimes is just a single image, sometimes it's multiple images designed together with graphics and text. It's my fresh interpretation of the most magical place on earth.