I was born in Toronto and remain based here. Although I am a journalist by training, I have never been a full-time professional photographer. My main area of interest is in the automotive world, and I began my career working in product development and corporate strategy for some of the world's largest auto makers. After serving as an industry advisor and subject matter expert for hedge funds, private equity and other financial services firms, I have now transitioned full-time to a career in capital markets.

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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