THE ICONS OF INNOCENCE SERIES
The primary focus of this work is to create a narrative portrait of lost
The series began over eighteen years ago as a catharsis while reflecting
on my own path in life. My inspiration comes from both personal experiences
and stories I see or hear about on constant basis. Pick up a newspaper
on any given day and the headlines reveal an increasingly dark place
and poverty endanger the sanctity of youth. During my twenty year career
as a photojournalist I witnessed countless atrocities involving children
in horrible circumstances. The worst of these events, such as a father
dealing drugs from his toddler's diaper, a fatal house fire started by
birthday cake, or a racially motivated church bombing, made me question
how the lives of the children involved would be changed forever and how
would eventually view their own childhoods.
Thrust a child prematurely into adulthood and innocence is lost forever
because children are fragile and their purity is fleeting. My work is
driven by a
desire to explore these emotions from joy to angst and hope to pain.
Children are like a blank canvas. Over time our collection of memories
are the color which create our identities. I use plants, animals, objects
color as visual symbols to carefully relay the context of a piece. This
symbolism gives psychological meaning to an imaginary world where a mind
can find comfort
from the suffering of reality. Faces are purposely created to appear
introspective so the viewer can bring their own experiences to the surface.
My hope is
to lure viewers into a narrative world full of allusions, leaving the
mind room to explore its own meanings.
I consider a piece successful if it meets my vision for a topic while
simultaneously celebrating its intrinsic beauty.
My goal is to achieve
a balance of personal
expression while conveying a universal message about the resilience
of the human spirit.