“The path to paradise begins in hell.” Dante Alighieri

“Hell is empty and all of the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare


#HELLbent is my first studio exhibition.

In it, I wanted to create a version of purgatory where everything is lemon scented and candy coated.

This collection of images is centered around themes of impulse, consumerism, excess, childhood, addiction, identity, heartbreak, and marketing.

It is my desire that each photograph convey a clear idea or message, and that as you view each subsequent piece, a narrative arc is revealed.

I also wished to create an experience that would change based on context and reward multiple viewings.

In this selection I wanted to present:

  • Religious concepts in an amoral way without theological pretext.
  • Our symbiotic relationship with stimulus and its cause and effect.
  • Hell, as a place we choose to exist, surrounding ourselves with creature comforts and decorated pain.

This project has been an intense labor of love. I hope you enjoy the work as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

Thank you for following and supporting me on my journey.


Upcoming Exhibitions: July –  Ranier BAAMFest | AugustOther Coast Cafe (Ballard)


Credits: Models: (In order of appearance): Lannie LaPetite, CoreenaTatiana GillDiane Selvy, Rae Black, and Rachel DeMoss. | Graphic Design: Diane Selvy, Lannie LaPetite | Editor: Amanda Rodriguez | Assistant Photographer: Rachel DeMoss

Additional thanks: Cicely Williams, Dan Williams, Kayleigh McCollum, Annelise Stighall, Adam Salacuse, Anne DeMarken, Andreya Taylor, Carrie Guthrie, Sunny Joy McMillan, Alex Garland, Scott Darlage, Robyn Thompson, Andrea Evans, Priyanka Washington,  Anna “Banana” Lange, Erika Wasmer, Rachel Blaze Ferguson, DeAne Price, Marie Bodine, Gané Bourgeois, Joey Barlow, Tony Sluga, Lisa Lauture, Sally Gillespie, Sherry Palmer, Robert Robinson, Paul Solis, Samantha Garlow, Juanita Hong, Carolyn Hitt, Tim Manthey, Erin Finney and Jeremiah Holt.

#HELLbent - Studio exhibition 2016

The floor is lava

Glazed

Territory

Sugar free

Phantom limb

Cherry pick

The persistence of memory

POP!

Rx

Puget sounds

Bubblegum HiFi

Hot mix

Pretty on the inside

3D

Seed

CCTV

Scoop

Bias

Blue Velvet

Shag

Profile

The games we play

Overjoyed

Oracle

Its not too late

Delicate

Squeeze

XO

Squirt

Heiarchy

Divine

Alms for the poor

Tourist

Chain reaction

Nest

Refresh

Martyr

Emoji

Take out

Bits

Lacuna