I am a California-based photographer who also happens to be a psychology professor, doctoral student, deacon in the Armenian Church, musician, lover of literature and nature, and—well, I trust you get the picture.
It was not until later in my development (say, early 30s) that I began to appreciate photography in any substantial way. I used to prefer experiencing moments to the fullest, without the mediator of a camera, but unexpectedly became addicted to the experience of composing, the subjective slowing of time just before a shot, and the flow of post-production as I was properly introduced to the art.
While I have experimented plenty with liturgical and feline photography, my passion these days is in raising awareness of socially pressing narratives that translates into prosocial action.
One present crisis is that of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh), which is one of a Christian, democratic, peaceful people being attacked by the Islamic, dictatorial, vengeful forces of Turkey and Azerbaijan. In short, regardless of the validity of historical grievances and other arguments, the annihilation of an entire indigenous people is at stake, not to mention a sort of Hapsburg situation again. I hope the camera is as powerful a tool for peace as I believe it to be . . . .
Please feel free to contact me for documentary and reportage assignments, collaborative and publishing inquiries, etc., at foto[at]rezras.com.