About Me – As a media studies scholar my creative process involves creating content using new digital storytelling tools. It is my belief media literacy demands we are not just able to analyze and evaluate content but to also to CREATE it.
Technical skills are developed over many hours, months, and years working in a specific medium. As a media studies scholar, I do not have the luxury to focus on just one medium. My goal is to learn as many as possible. Why? Different stories require different tools. As our technology expands our desire for content grows with it. I’m what Rogers (1962) calls an “early adopter”.
My strength is my conceptual understanding of how to use different technologies to create a sense of connection and community. My focus is to bring people together by sharing images and sounds of the spaces and places often overlooked and taken for granted.
Every place has its own beauty. As a media artist I see my role as a guide and teacher. I use my arsenal of digital tools to share the beauty of a space or place with you. Different tools are designed to do different things — any builder will tell you if you want to nail two boards together a hammer is the best tool. But, if you want your home to feel safe and inviting you need to know more than how to hammer a nail.
I consider myself to be a digital storyteller. My tools are the various media available to help me create a sense of community and connect. Sometimes the tool is an audio recording of people talking or listening to the sounds of the wind as it travels a quiet mountain path. Other times my tool is a photograph – perfectly focusing attention on one element of the space. Other spaces beckon me to create an immersive experience. Most recently I’ve been shooting 360 photography and videography.
The scholar Marshal McLuhan said it best, “the medium is the message”.