I was born in Toronto and remain based here. Although I am a journalist by training, I have worked in product development for a number of global auto manufacturers, and as an industry analyst for investment banking, private equity and management consulting firms.

My exposure to this industry, specifically through the Japanese auto makers, introduced me to two of the major tenets of my creative framework.

The grainy, high-contrast monochrome aesthetic popularized by Japanese street photographers captivated me from the first moment I was introduced to it. Monochrome forces the viewer to focus on the forms, shapes and quality of light. It is abstract by nature, and allows me to express the ineffable anxiety and alienation that seems to run through daily interactions in my hometown.

On a more personal level, the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen, or continuous improvement, has informed the way I view my own body of work. I have long admired the concept of adopting a particular skill or craft and honing it incrementally over a lifetime. Many Westerners were introduced to this idea via the movie "Jiro Dreams of Sushi", which outlines the protagonist's life-long pursuit of perfection as a sushi chef. This concept was also prevalent during my time in the auto industry, where it was made apparently that excellence would arrive from a relentless work ethic and many decades of iteration.

These two concepts form the core of my own personal and creative evolution, as well as motivation to continue in my photography practice.

-DK


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