AlphaValues Photography has been creating unique images of distinction for nearly three years. His formal photography education from the Photography Center NorthWest taught him compositional structure and classic fine art aesthetics, and his education in science and past work with an Adobe spinoff provided the knowledge and skills to understand both the strengths and weaknesses of digital imagery. From the fusion of these two diverse approaches, AlphaValues’s unique style of sparse composition and vibrant color are constantly evolving. Originally based in Seattle, AlphaValues is now living in the London area where he is currently working on a series of cityscapes chronicling his sense of alienation against his fascination with the interplay between ancient and modern human activity.
The influences of other photographers is evident in his work, especially the work of Frantisek Drtikol, Irving Penn, the Bechers, Guy Bourdain and Helmut Newton. From such a varied repertoire of influences, AlphaValues draws a keen appreciation for light and the way shape and texture are defined by light and shadow. Unimpressed with the current trend of applying postprocessing techniques to create a sense of faux nostalgia, AlphaValues’ goal is to create a vivid representation of what’s in front of his lens, allowing the subject the opportunity to stand outside of time for a moment; he seeks to provide the image with the freedom to express itself unimpeded by time and place, so future viewers can have their own relationship with the photograph, and recurrent viewers have the opportunity to watch their relationship change over time.
AlphaValues says, “Within the confines of the frame is a finite dataset, a unique collection of pixels that together create the image. But the human eye imposes pattern and context on everything it sees. Using the classical rules of structure and composition, I hope the viewer can evolve within themselves a complete story created from a dialogue between my photograph and the their own expectations and point of view. This dialogue, more than the photograph alone, is the goal of my art.”