It is not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
- Henry David Thoreau
As a photographer I take the time to be mindful of my surroundings, listening to the space I'm in, waiting for it to speak to me and tell me its story, sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. I usually don't go out with a plan or agenda of what I'm going to shoot. I leave it to chance to see what inspires me and moves me to make a photograph. I choose to capture a wide range of subject matter, reacting to the light, color, lines and emotions.
When I work with my camera I find that what I see with my eyes is different from how I see through the camera. Many times, I let my photos become mysterious and create imagery that lets the mind wander and question. Others strive to capture the beauty in the mundane, or the street life taking place in front of me.
I was born and raised outside Chicago. Before turning to photography full time, I was an urban planner working on designing, restructuring and developing small towns and landscapes in eastern Germany. Photography helped me explore and document the form and function that architecture had on the landscape and its surroundings, and vice versa. These experiences flow through many of my photographic portfolios today; there is an architectural approach in the way I capture nature, looking for lines, shadows, and textures. My architectural vision is both organic and abstract. When people view my images, I would like them to see a scene differently, and become more engaged with the photo.
My award winning photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the United States, and can be found in private collections. I am also part of a women's artist collective, "Women Undefined", who push boundaries to create abstractions in photography. In 2018 I was also asked to join the Chicago Photographic Arts Society, a collective of fine art photographers residing in the Chicago area. Currently I am capturing the joy of new families by photographing newborns in hospitals.