While others turn to therapy, I turn to photography. It confers solitude and time to linger on particular thoughts or emotions. When I shoot, I am alone and in the dark. It is then that I am at my most vulnerable and most emotional and this allows for the spontaneous creation of images and ideas. This isolated, mesmerizing endeavor is cathartic and working like this gives me a chance to escape from the present and reflect about the past.
The past and memories are the basis for this body of work. As I was growing up, whenever my sister or I angered my mom, she used to tell us that “Someday you’re going to have a rude awakening." The first big ”awakening” was her death. These images explore feelings and memories evoked from that event, and subsequent awakenings in my life.