Photography has been a passion of mine since I can remember, and I'm very fortunate to travel the world with my camera. From the days of inception, a desire to expand my work's impact emerged. My dream of making a career through my art was becoming a reality, and I knew it had the ability to help others as well. That longing for a greater purpose finally came to fruition in 2018 when I founded the Long Shutter Project.

The Long Shutter Project is an extension of my photography designed to give back. The goal is to build a body of work that benefits causes important to me. In 2016, my best friend, Nate, passed away from complications caused by muscular dystrophy. Nate developed the condition as a kid but refused to let it slow him down. He lived every day to the fullest and left an impact on everyone he met. Long before his unexpected passing, the Long Shutter Project idea was born because of Nate. In his honor, the first branch of the Long Shutter Project, the Earth Forms Collection, benefits the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The Earth Forms Collection consists of a variety of artistic series and studies focusing on the details of natural phenomena. A series, such as the inaugural Eidolon Series, is limited to 25 photographs along with a parent photograph for the series all limited to 100 reproductions. A study, such as the Sands Study, is an open body of work exploring a specific landscape, again limited to 100 reproductions. The works included in the Earth Forms Collection are intended to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association by donating 25% of each print sold in the collection. The number 25 was chosen because it was the age Nate was when he passed away.

The Earth Forms Collection is currently the lone branch of the Long Shutter Project. I expect to expand the project to benefit additional causes beyond the MDA in the future as well as grow the Earth Forms Collection. A lot of thought goes into everything involving the Long Shutter Project to ensure it is maintained properly and contains high-quality work. Future expansions may take time but to stay up to date on the latest Long Shutter Project news please subscribe to my monthly newsletter or follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Earth Forms Collection

Sands Study

Like an ever-changing canvas, sand dunes create an endless arrangement of color, textures, and forms. These vast mountains of particulate inspired a collection of simple and elegant compositions.

Eidolon Series

A constant mass of water affected by only gravity. The Eidolon Series examines the ghostly forms created by the free-falling liquid.

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25% of every photo sold from the "Earth Forms" collection will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The MDA logo is a link to my personal donation page where you can read about why I chose to partner with the MDA as well as donate directly to the cause.

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