For far too long, I saw photography simply as a means to capture a scene. Accurate and precise. A shortcut to a thousand words. When I had the opportunity to travel on a fellowship after graduating from university, this all changed. Unfamiliar settings, new subjects, and the stories they held pushed me to reconsider what it meant for photography to be art. The goal was no longer just to show what I was seeing, but rather to use an image to tell a story far beyond what is actually depicted: to portray my emotions, or those of the subject, through the photograph; to generate a sense of wonder; to elucidate or to obscure; to challenge a viewer to think more deeply.
I grew up surrounded by the tradition of “old-time” Appalachian string band music. My father is an old-time fiddler, and his playing, the albums we listened to, and the festivals we visited eventually pushed me in that same direction. Now fully enthralled by that genre, I find it hard to pass up any opportunity to share tunes with anyone willing to listen or jam. It would be impossible to name all of the influences who have shaped the way I play and think about music, but a few major musical role models include: Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Clyde Davenport, Rayna Gellert, Dave Husic, Kevin Burke, Bruce Greene, Dirk Powell, Paul Brown, and Liz Carroll.
I also enjoy baking and eating pie, my favorite being a mixed berry and rhubarb pie with an oatmeal crumble on top.
The best pie crust is one with shortening and butter. And with a touch of sugar.