What has your creative journey been like so far?
My creative journey so far has been completely surreal. I started shooting with models about 3 years ago and I never thought I would ever get this far. I’m just a car salesman with a little creative mind. I am a completely self-taught photographer that never had any aspirations of becoming a photographer. I really wanted to be a painter but I realized early in college that I was a mediocre painter and quit. I picked up a camera years later and started my first Instagram account @mossallthetime that really helped me learn how to use the camera and develop my style.
Your work combines an ethereal innocence with a certain level of darkness and erotica. What is your creative process and what message do you hope to communicate through your work?
My creative process is to keep it simple and create what I find beautiful. I find beauty in capturing the moment and getting a genuine feeling in my work. I like my work to tell a story like a romantic day frolicking in the woods and to me darkness tells a more interesting story that lets your imagination run wild.
You mentioned working on an upcoming project with artist, Rodrigo Luff, who we recently featured. Your work seems like a perfect fit with his. How did you connect and can you please tell me about your project?
I don’t know exactly remember how we connected but when I first saw his work I found we had a similar aesthetic in our vision on how we saw things. I really think it’s a perfect match and whenever he is in town we go and work on some reference work.
Much of your work takes place is the outdoors. Have you had any encounters with wildlife? What is your craziest moment you have had while on location?
I would say nature is my studio. My craziest story is hiking through the woods and ignoring the trespassing signs. I had shot at this location a few times and just so you get an idea of how amazing this location is, just imagine a secluded swimming hole with a magical waterfall. But this time I arrived at the waterfall and I was setting up my camera. All of a sudden the model tells me in a whisper there’s a bear! The bear was about 50 feet away standing on its hind legs and a cute cub suddenly popped up and that’s when we all started to flee. I have never been back.
Do you have a muse?
I definitely have a muse and she was my first model that ever gave me a chance 3 years ago. Kat David is so dynamic and portrays a mother so well . I would say you run into a few models that can take your photography to another level no matter what skill level. If you have not seen her cheek out her instagram @universexpander. We always make magic
Do you have a favorite photo that you have taken, or a specific shoot you have worked on? Why is it so meaningful to you?
It’s so crazy because almost every shoot I do is my favorite in one way or another because I pretty much surprise myself with every shoot. But I do have one that made me believe that the possibilities are endless. It was a cloudy day on the top of a mountain and I had the model stand on the edge of the cliff in the clouds.
Which photographers have influenced you? How have they influenced your thinking, photography and career path?
I don’t think I have been influenced by any particular photographer because I never aspired to be one so I find photography completely new to me. It’s even hard for me to say I’m a photographer. I did get to work on a set for David La Chapelle 10 years ago and that really opened my eyes on what preparation is involved with composing a photo. It has also made me see how hard it is to make it as a photographer. I have learned that Photography is considered the bastard of the art world and It is really difficult to set yourself apart in a sea of photographers. Photography is considered as not much more than a utilitarian medium.
I find myself most influenced with paintings and watching movies. I love how a film can capture a certain a mood and every scene is basically a photography lesson to me.
What does your creative future hold? Any upcoming projects you are looking forward to working on?
I really don’t know what the future holds for me at the moment but I am loving every second of this adventure. I feel like I have finally reached a point in my life that I can honestly express myself and portray my vision as I see it through my photography. My dream is to come out with a book and have a gallery show one day.