Recent Update: I'm studying Kung Fu, eating healthy foods and exercising everyday.
I have a flickr page: www.flickr.com/christophersladder
I'm also a contributing photographer on goodnightraleigh.com
I'll be rebuilding my portfolio before I start advertising in this area, so if you're interested in modeling, let me know. I'm rebuilding my portfolio because I have a lot of new ideas and I need to broaden my spectrum a lot. (My creativity is exploding lately. Being back in school and meeting new people is really getting me charged back up and it's wonderful.) Lately I've been thinking about how my methods have evolved and where they've taken my photography, limiting my creativity in flexibility, but increasing the overall quality of the images I am producing.
My close friend, Sid, says that I approach photography "like an engineer". While that statement is not accurately encompassing of my style, it certainly speaks to an aspect of my personality. I love the process as much as I love the subjects. I've finally realized in intellectual terms "what photography is to me". My enjoyment of photography is two-fold. Firstly, I love the social interaction with people, be they strangers at events, friends having a beer, or a model who I'm teaching to "emote" for the camera. Secondly, I enjoy the hardware, the process of developing film, the researching and testing of different types of equipment to achieve a specific effect and bringing all those elements together successfully to create an image that shows people my soul in reverse; if the eyes are the window to the soul, then my photographs are a projection from the other side.
I grew up in a rural town called Hendersonville, about 30 minutes south of Asheville. I don't have much of a southern accent, I never have (but it will slip out). Northerners often act like I do, but since Southerners act like I don't, I think it's more the lack of Northern inflection/Southern drawl that they notice. Asheville is probably my favorite city - the music and art scene there is phenomenal and it's a liberal mecca with rural roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The people there are smart, open, and some of the hippies even shower. :)
I am clever, athletic, and love to use ironic sarcasm to put perspective on just about everything.