I’ve always had a drive to make things. The “things” varied, but the drive never has. Much of what I’ve done, and continue to do, involves images, music, and story. Three elements in my life that have shaped and affected most everything I do. My company website, SharpCrye, contains the projects that my creative partner, John Crye, and myself create and build and distribute. This site is focused, first and foremost, on my photography – both my ever-expanding business, and my personal artistic pursuits – and after that, the creative endeavors that grow out of it.
The paths that I’ve followed have always been guided by what I have found interesting and what I have wanted to learn about and explore. Photography has been something that I have loved since I was a kid. I saw my father with a camera (a Mamiya/Sekor 1000 TD that I still use today), and the photos that he took (those are a couple of his images above, of my mother and I). As with most young boys, I wanted to do what he did. So I read up on photography in the library, and then would try and get my hands on any camera I could. Usually, that meant whatever my mother had at the time — 110, disk, disposable, you name it — typically, from a who’s who of long-forgotten formats. Out of that experimentation and exploration things started to coalesce – a love of capturing a moment in time; of attempting to tell a story or convey a mood or feeling within that one moment. Exploration is a good word for it. To this day, that’s what drives me and the projects I am involved with. Exploration. Of story. Of light. Of darkness. Of people. Of the world as it’s filtered through my own mind.
If you’re going down this rabbit hole, then you should know that I learn by doing. Yeah, I read up on things quite a bit and find people to learn from, directly. But I only really begin to truly understand the big picture, by doing. So I’ll share that process, as best I can, because it’s all an exploration. This site. My photographic and storytelling pursuits, as well as the experiments of many others. I find all of it incredibly inspiring. It is what motivates me. It is the framework for how I think about, and see the world, and how I think the rest of the world sees itself. I hope you enjoy some of it. And if so, I’d love to hear about it. If you don’t like it, yeah, I’m happy to hear about it as well. But don’t be an asshole. There’s already too much of that out in the world. I find it easier to be forthright and open about what I’m doing and why I’m doing it — even if I’m trying to figure that out as I go. So you can also expect that here, too. A blunt honesty.