From the very early days of my photography career, I’ve done experimental work. My first forays were multiple image black & white prints. Essentially, they were special effects prints using several negatives to produce a surreal effect.
I first learned the Polaroid transfer process, while I was in college for photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (1992-94). The process allows me to print a color Polaroid image onto watercolor paper. While in college I began doing urban exploration. Pittsburgh, at that time, still had a tremendous number of derelict steel mills and other industrial buildings. The presence of these buildings is one of the main reasons that I chose a school in Pittsburgh.
After college I developed a taste for roadside architecture and discovered that the Polaroid processes lent themselves very well to these subjects as well. Not long after, I began work exclusively with Polaroids to document both the industrial and roadside architecture in addition to experimenting with other subject matter or settings. About that same time I acquired an SX-70 Polaroid camera and experimented with the Time Zero film that that camera takes. The properties of the Time Zero film allow me to create images reminiscent of the Impressionist school of painting.