"The mission of photography is to explain man to man and each to himself. And that is the most complicated thing on earth."
In 2000, after graduating from Skidmore College with a degree in exercise science, Erik moved to Belfast Northern Ireland to volunteer as a youth worker and satisfy an urge to travel. Once there, he regularly struggled to find adequate words to describe the complex and troublesome place he was calling home. This fascination with his new environment combined with a youthful desire to promote change in the world prompted him to pick up a camera. It wasn't long before the storytelling capacity of pictures had him hooked.
"For me, photography is both a passport and a means of communication. It is the way I explore and understand the world around me and it is a conduit to share with you all that I find beautiful and ugly in it. What I love most about my work is the wide variety of people that I get to meet. Presidents, farmers, musicians, doctors... As Edward Steitchen would suggest, through understanding them I am able to better understand myself. And so too, I hope that the people who view my work are equally well served."
Erik is also passionate about sustainable agriculture and is spending a lot of his time between photographing and an apprentice training program called The Farm School. You can keep up on his adventures through his Plough and Stars Project farm blog.
Although proudly born and raised in Asheville, NC Erik is presently based in Boston, MA.