Daniel spent his childhood in the midwestern United States, received his BFA in Media Studies at the Columbus College of Art & Design, and served as an Air Force Officer at the airplane maintenance/storage center in Tucson, Arizona. He is still making up for time lost.
In 2006 Daniel returned to personal/experimental film. He began interrogating his relationship with military power, personal authority and the public representation of each.
"The images I seek are beneath the surface, and along the perimeter of the designed social landscape, off the beaten path but not out of the city's shadow. I place the burden of dreams, yours and mine, on the places we live and work. Artificial and haphazard landscapes often ignored by society, or hidden from its inhabitants interest me in a very fundamental way.'
'From 2003-2004 I photographed the series "Grounded" focusing on the dreamlike experience of working at the military-industrial storage facility in Southern Arizona often referred to as "the Boneyard." This facility contains the wreckage of out-modded 20Th century defense, and offense, technology splayed across 1200 acres of the desert southwest.'
'By combining antiquated photo-mechanical cameras with the use of digital printing, I am reaching for a dynamic as much about the peripheral spaces as the object in focus. I prefer to explore rather than define a space, which tends to produce variations in vision tied to time lapse, discovery, and spacial blur."
Whether the inspiration comes through personal life experience, or the struggle to see through a smokescreen of mediated imagery, Daniel's film and still photography returns to a peripheri-focus. Where the spirit of the moment occurs just outside our perception, and the mechanically documented experience asks more questions than provides answers....