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Artist's Statement

      To ensure the relevance of analog photography, there need to be artists that bridge the gap to the digital future. I explore and contribute to the evolution of that intersection by splitting my efforts between analog and digitally native media while attempting to cloud the distinction between the two. Due to the cybernated trajectory of the here and now, I often extend my analog processes to incorporate digital workflows such as animation, color, or audio engineering as an interpretation of contemporary pictorialism. I welcome evidence of my hand into my works; I see gator clip impressions, emulsion brush strokes, and filed negative plate carriers as imperfections to cherish. The previsualized endstate of a digital file makes my work fit in with the NFT community where my photography must compete against “meme-lords”, 3D modelers and even artificial intelligence for space in the metaverse’s fine art market.

      My current work is focused on figurative storytelling with themes of nostalgia, morality, and the human-nature experience. It is often in conversation -- through content, concept, or aesthetic -- with artists from throughout history. I assume the perspective of Philippe Halsman trying to capture a jump pose (Well…Do ya, punk?, 2021) and analyze light quality as if I were a 16th century Dutch still life painter (A Day in an Open Cabinet, 2021). I protest, philosophize, and shape the counterculture with the Beatniks (Listening and Supporting, 2020). I act out Yoko Ono or Erwin Wurm’s performance prompts and even draft my own (Fashion is Self-Care, 2022 and Precarious, 2022). The hearty consumption of diverse art is the cornerstone of my creative process – a playful curiosity is the foundation.

For those concerned with the past...

Dominic was born and raised in Concord, NH and grew up playing competitive soccer and ski racing. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy for his first undergraduate degree and obtained a BS in Chemistry. He commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps in 2010 and completed a nearly decade-long career as a Naval Aviator flying attack helicopters (AH-1W SuperCobras). Upon separation from the Armed Services in 2019, he thru-hiked the entirety of the 2,192 mile Appalachian Trail; it was during this adventure that he was introduced to the world of art and design through photography. From this inspiration, he went on to complete at BFA in Photography at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in 2022.

For those living in the moment...

Dominic is currently an MFA candidate at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He spends his time homesteading in southern New Hampshire and frequently explores the White Mountains. He is actively seeking to exhibit and publish his work.  

For those looking to the future...

You can expect to find Dominic pursuing a career in academia in the New England region. He also plans to hike more long distance trails and continue exploring the natural beauty of the outdoors. 

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