Primarily a Black + White photographer, I see the most beauty in textures, tones and shapes. To me, color distracts from that and I feel only when you strip the color away do you see the true essence of something.
I’m drawn to objects, landscapes and people that have a sort of grittiness to them. Wrinkled faces, aged and weathered buildings, storm clouds, gnarled trees . . . they represent trials & tribulations; the never ending fight for survival. This is what moves me the most, for it is the tragedies and emotional turmoil in life that shape who we truly are. When a subject (human or otherwise) represents that vulnerability, I am attracted to it. I always see beauty in what isn’t classified as typical beauty.
I’m fascinated with humankind and prefer to capture people interacting with life, not just posing for the camera. Because of this I enjoy the challenge of street photography. The thrill and nervousness of approaching a stranger in order to get a shot is intoxicating to me and those moments when I know I’ve overcome my fear and captured someone as their true self is inspiring.
My ultimate goal with every photograph is to not just take a picture of what something looks like; I want the viewer to feel what it was like to be there. Whether it is a brief moment of awe, happiness, humor or sadness . . . creating emotion is my ultimate quest.
The greatest artistic influence in my life was my father Brad Bogart, a talented Black + White film photographer that I spent much time with on photo shoots and in the darkroom. He was inspired by Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Diane Arbus and more. The presence of these great artists in my life helped to shape who I am and my vision of the world.
Whitehall, MI. 49461