I've started answering your questions that you have sent. I'll be adding more just a bit later.
Q: Have you always wanted to be a photographer, and what got you into it?
A: I have always known I wanted to do something involved with art, but photography was not what I originally wanted to be. Up until I was 16 I always wanted to be a Painter. I was always inspired by my older brother who use to draw all the time, and my uncle who is a painter. I was fascinated as a kid with Van Gough, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Dali. When I was 16, I was looking at an art book full of works by establish artists. As a school assignment we had to pick an art piece and remake it by putting our personality into the work. Out of all the work I looked at, One photo moved me so much that it was the reason why I started doing photography. The photo is called "Siamese twins" by Joel-Peter Witkin. [link]
It had such an impact on me that I chose to use it and is where
came from. So in short, thank you Joel-Peter Witkin for being the reason I started photography.
Q: What type of Camera do you use?
A: Canon Rebel XT. I also use a variety of filters for my lens that you can get from any camera store. Though, I am planning on getting a different camera in the next few months.
Q: Where did you come up with the idea for the "Advice by a Sketch Mannequien" series?
A: I got accepted to the art school I had been wanting to go to since I was 14, but I had to tell them I could not go to their school. Even with the $30,000 scholarship they offered me, I would have been $70,000 in debt when I graduated from their school. So as I'm trying to cheer myself up, As soon as I say," It could be worse." My eyes drifted around and stopped at the sketch mannequien on my desk and thought "I could have a huge pole shoved up my ass." That was when the light bulb went off.
Q: Where did you come up with the idea for the "The Fear Within" Series?
A: My own fear of heights.
Q: Who are some artists you dislike?
A: Thomas Kinkade and Jackson Pollock
Q: What advice would you give to photographers just starting out?
A: When people ask me that its usually the technical part they are talking about. I don't usually give people advice about that and the reasoning is I believe you become a stronger photographer/artist when it's self taught. I've never had any classroom teaching on photography and I think it has helped me over all. Never, never, never get upset or defensive when it comes to critiques. People are always going to either like your work or dislike it. Photography and Art is subjective. Just be open-minded to others ideas. Take photos any possible chance. Experiment. Try new things.
Q: Where do you get inspiration from?
A: Music, Books, Life.
Q: Would you say your work is Political?
A: Right now not so much. I see my photos as being more of a study on Human Psychology if anything. In the future though, I can see myself creating work with political undertones to them.