What is your go-to technique?
"I often shoot f/11, 1/125 sec and ISO100. I mostly use flat lighting to emphasise the graphical element of the piece, and remove all shadows unless they're intentional. I have used both studio and natural light, but the key element is to maintain these settings in order to flatten the image."
How does being an artist help you as a photographer?
"I was a photographer first and have been utilising the tool of photography as a form of self-expression. A great deal of my inspirations are based on the various photojournalism assignments, so one inspires the other."
What are you trying to create with your fine art work?
"Images that, regardless of class, geographical location or education, can be understood or, at a minimum, provoke a question. I am not a photographer who likes to over-theorise my process nor my work; if I cannot create a connecting point with my audience then my purpose is pointless."
How do you direct your subjects?
"In all my images, I keep a uniform visual language. I often work with the same models, but for directing it is about building a relationship with the sitter and therefore the process changes as I adjust to them."
Where would you like photography to take you next?
"As a film graduate from Howard University, my ultimate goal is to return to my filmmaking roots. In each phase of my career, the key objective is to experiment with images, whether still or moving."