Anthropologists collect photos. I express what I observe through my paintings.
I recently moved back to the US after living in Germany for three years. I am fascinated by preservation of cultures, despite our global, digital world. The distances are short in Europe--one can travel an hour, hop a border, and suddenly be immersed in a different culture. I spent hours in cafes 'urban sketching' and talking to people about their lives, customs rituals, and families. It is fascinating to me.
I began putting together people and cultural studies which I call visual anthropologies. It's a term used by street photographers, film makers, and artists interested in popular culture. I used to work in consumer behavior, studying demographic and lifestyle links to purchasing; hence my perspective for this framework. It fits.
My current visual anthropology projects are here. Some are complete, some are not. Thank you, and I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about my work.
Irish Eyes- Irish eyes smiling
World Healers- eastern, african, and western medical healers
I am Danish- a danish police program to help Muslim youth in Denmark
Facing the Midnight Sun- celebrating the sun at midnight in northern Sweden
Holi Faces- the joyful vibrant faces of India's Festival of Colors
Vetted Souls- faces of homeless US military veterans
Delta Blues- Mississippi blues artists who performed in juke joints and had little commercial success, but greatly influenced American Blues music
Ordinary Environmentalists- ordinary people working to make changes environmentally
The Outsiders- visionary artists- creative expressionists outside of art norms