The uncanny (Das Unheimliche) is a concept based on the subject of aesthetics, where aesthetics is understood to mean not merely the theory of beauty but the theory of the qualities of feeling. Imagine an instance where something can be seen as both beautiful yet alien at the same time, resulting in a feeling of disquieting strangeness. That's the uncanny – the opposite of what is familiar. From an early age I was the visual record keeper for our family events, snapping away on my Kodak Instamatic camera. Today I create visual records of the "familiar" that evoke a feeling of disquieting strangeness. Photojournalist Dorthea Lange once said, "“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Lange's words define my passion for photography, for it's my intention to help people to notice the familiar in a disquieting way that expands their vision and helps change the way they both see and feel the world around them. Beauty can be strange and the strange can be beautiful. That's the story I create through light and shadow in every photograph I take.