Our working method can best be described by this famous Jasper Johns quote: “Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.” We take a scene, a narrative, or a character and do something to it… then do something else to it.
Sometimes we start with a composition and add elements until there is a concept or narrative. Other times we begin with a story and build an image around it. Either way, the final image must be aesthetically and conceptually sound for us to be satisfied.
Fables, mythology, and art history are often starting points. Through them we can explore universal truths by referencing the innocence of a childhood memory or a lugubrious, existential, middle-age crisis. Our pictures are typically open-ended narratives intended to ask questions and leave room for interpretation by the viewer. Many photographs begin as serendipitous moments, others are meticulous tableaus that are created like miniature movie sets.
Most of our pictures are intended to be universal, with each viewer finding his or her own sense of closure. Others are deeply personal, but still need to resonate with an audience for us to be pleased with the outcome.
Like most successful relationships, ours is built on opposing forces and collaboration. We relish the combination of our contrasting tendencies. When we are at our best, the image can be both absurd and profound, a scene can be both ordinary and sublime, and the tone can be both serene and morose. Together, we can to go to the darkest of places as long as we remember to let in a little light.