I'm a self-taught photographer who picked up a camera in 2009. I have been an artist and storyteller since I was little but then life got in the way. Making pictures is my way of reclaiming my artistic side.
I’m the quintessential nomad. I was born and raised in Germany, have lived in various parts of the USA and am currently based in Toronto, Canada.
That sense of wanderlust, of being uprooted, has never left me. I don’t anchor my concept of “home” to a familiar physical space – home is a state of mind I enter wherever I’m inspired to create the work I want, or when I’m surrounded by people I care about.
As a clinician, I'm trained to work with people at their most vulnerable who grant me permission to invade their privacy. As a result, I have always had an intense interest in the dynamics of trust and control when it comes to that interaction. At best, it can reveal a unique connection, a kind of truth that would otherwise not be foregrounded.
When a human being connects with another and - even if for a split second - relinquishes a certain level of control, it is fascinating that complete strangers can share an alternate truth about themselves that was hidden not only to others, but perhaps even to themselves. It is in these moments that individual emotion transcends the personal realm and gains universally understood context.
As a photographer, these are the moments I'm after. Stories of connection that reveal themselves in a single glance or over a period of years.
- David Alan Harvey Workshop, NYC, NY
- BURN Magazine, Father Figure Project Intro
- Sean McDonnell, Ambiguous. Contributor
- New York Times Lens Blog, Exploring African-American Fatherhood
- Revista Photo Magazine, A Figura Paterna, Interview and Project Feature
- Kindling Quarterly, Issue Three. Father Figure - James Reynolds and Jerome Williams. Photo Essay.
- Yaba Blay, (1)ne Drop - Shifting the Lens on Race. Contributor and Contributing Photographer.
- New York Times Lens Blog, One Drop, but Many Views on Race.
- Home Truths: Photography, Motherhood and Identity. Exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery, London UK. Instagram Artist in Residence.
- Photo District News' 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.
- Photo District News Picture of the Day, June 2014.
- New York Times Portfolio Review, Participant.
- LOOK3 LOOKbetween, Charlottesville, VA. Presenter.
- Slate Magazine, Powerful Images that Shatter the Stereotype of the Absent Black Father. June 2014.
- Showcase at Visa pour i'Image, Perpignan, France. Sept 2014.
- New York Times Lens Blog, Black Fathers, Present and Accountable.
- Father Figure (hardcover photo book), Ceiba, September 2014. ISBN 978-1-941781-00-5
- International New York Times Print Edition, Page Two. Black fatherhood revisited. Wed, Sep 24.
- Father Figure is IPA 2014 Honorable Mention, Documentary Photobook Category.
- Father Figure shortlisted for 2014 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards.
- Father Figure selected for Photobookshow's 2014 Brighton Photo Biennial.