I grew up in the sprawl of metro-Atlanta, earned my degree by the Savannah river, and now I’m telling digital stories in the mountains of Chattanooga.
My approach to design, whether it’s a website or a documentary film, always begins with careful consideration of my audience. The rest grows from there.
The most job satisfaction, and the most personal satisfaction I get from my work comes from projects that function to propel a social, political, or environmental cause. It’s not just about the image, it’s about the message.
I am a member of that generation which grew up with the internet, and saw it also grow from quagmire of strange personal pages to the new indelible human right. Everything I make ends up online somewhere, so it should be able to speak for itself.
Our intention is to affirm this life, not to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we’re living…John Cage
When I was still a kid in school, the work I do now was not yet technologically possible. To fathom a dream of who I could become was as inconceivable then as it is now.
The digital craft will continue to evolve, from filmmaking to web design, and in some ways even merge. It’s called Deep Media. The art world shares the same sky as the advertising world, where consumers are more critical than ever and everyone is seeking brands to belong to. A world where corporations, made global online if not as brick and mortar, are growing powerful in ways comparable to that of governments. Social media can mobilize armies. It does. The question is, for what cause?
The portrait of deep media is a blurred line. Corporations now find themselves with huge social, political, and environmental responsibilities. As such, the consequences of ignoring “personal” affairs in business has become more costly. If you own a business, you cannot afford to stand for nothing.
Unlike the counterculture movements of previous generations, the modern revolution comes from deep within the system. In our case, that system is capitalism. And to be successful, you have to leave a mark.
The goal of my work is to take a stand, always.
These are a few of my favorite things…
- BOOK: Eros the Bittersweet, by Anne Carson
- MOVIE: Paper Moon (1973) or Wit; (2001)
- DOCUMENTARY: Art & Copy (2009)
- BAND: Jenny Lewis (everything)
- FOOD: Dessert
- COFFEE: Nah
- TEA: Green
- WINE: Malbec
- VACATION: Montreál
- INTRO/EXTROVERT? Both
- DOG/CAT? An aussie named Khaleesi (pictured below)