Christmas In America: Happy Birthday, Jesus
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Christmas In America: Happy Birthday, Jesus 
Beyond the glowing green and red lights, past the shimmering silvery tinsel, around the fragrant pine boughs, another Christmas lingers, a Christmas of contradictions.

This is a Christmas where carved foam soldiers guard Santa in the parking lot of a church just before a holiday parade.  This is a Christmas where thousands of Santas run in an annual fundraising race, a sea of red hats and performance apparel. This is a Christmas where garages and homes are transformed into elaborate, festive wonderlands. This is a Christmas where Christian families reenact the birth of Christ, where Santa plays pool in a bar and where more is more is more.

This Christmas is complex and at times, uncomfortable. It’s awkward and sometimes bleak. But it is also sincere and celebratory, colorful and creative.

This is the Christmas I have grown to love during my 7 year photographic exploration of the biggest event on the American calendar. I grew up in a secular home and at times felt like a Christmas outsider, never connected to the holiday’s religious importance, or its more extreme cultural trappings. But in these photos, I become a Christmas insider, working to discover and reveal what holiday magic, or mania, compels so many to devote thousands of hours to hanging lights, to carving and painting figurines, to building miniature villages, to converting their homes, yards, garages and cars into monuments to merriness.

Initially inspired by the absurdity of a four-story inflatable Santa who appeared to be guarding a tree lot, I have launched this survey of uniquely American Christmas traditions. “Christmas in America” is an unvarnished examination of the ways people mark the holiday’s meaning.
Awards:
Communications Arts Photography Annual
Winner: Best Self-Promotion Campaign

Communications Arts Photography Annual
Winner: Best Unpublished Series

Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Winner
Top Emerging Fine Art Photographer In North America and U.K. Under 34

PDN Photo Annual
Best Personal Work Series

AP 33: American Photography Annual 27
Best Personal Work Series

AP 27: American Photography Annual 27
Best Personal Work Series

Photolucida Critical Mass Winner: Top 50 International Project

The Fence

Art of Photography Juried Exhibition

CCNY Annual Juried Exhibition

The 10 Most Exciting Photographers This Year
Phoenix Art Museum
Rebecca Senf Ph.D. & Mary Virginia Swanson


Press:
The New York Times Lens Blog
Esquire Russia 
NPR Picture Show
The Gaurdian 
Fast Company Design Co
Wired Raw File
Yahoo!
Refinery 29
It’s Nice That
Hyperallergic
Los Angeles Confidential
Dallas Morning News
N by Norwegian Airlines
Feature Shoot
PDN Photo of the Day
Lenscratch
Finite Photo
The Oregonian: Exhibition Review
ISO 50
Inspiration Lab


Exhibitions:
Irving Arts Center
(Solo Show)

Standard Vision Los Angeles 
L.A. Live (Solo Show)

2017 + 2018 The Fence 
Brooklyn
Santa Fe
Atlanta 
Durham 
Denver
Boston
Houston (Group Show)

Love, Anxiety, and Happiness
Critical Mass Top 50 Touring Show
Northwest Center For Photograpy. Seattle, WA
Newspace Center For Photography. Portland, OR
Raykko Gallery. San Franciso, CA  (Group Show)

Newspace Center for Photography. Portland, OR (Solo Show)

The Sagauro, A Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel. Scottsdale, AZ  (Solo Show)

Art Director’s Club Gallery. New York, NY (Group Show)

Art of Photography Juried Exhibition
Juried by Ann Lyden, Assoc. Curator of J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Lyceum Theatre Gallery. San Diego, CA  (Group Show)

Camera Club of New York Annual Juried Exhibition
Camera Club of New York Gallery. New York, NY (Group Show)