I shoot portraits of people who are around me. The further I get as a photographer, the more significant the people in the photographs become. Viewers want to know who my subjects are because they assume the subject is someone they should know. I take pride in telling viewers that my subjects are often close friends and family members. I capture my subjects carefully with a lot of love and rage. I use beautiful available lighting, a lot of shadows, dark grays with shadow details, bright minimal highlights and often backlit. I display my photographs on wood panels and in nontraditional ways: through public murals and on caskets and trees so that my subjects can have access to the work.