The idea for this technique came to me shortly after the transition to digital photography in 2004.

I developed the technique, which I call Photo/Illustration, as I was drawn to play and experiment in Photoshop as I was never able to do before. I shot the object on a neutral surface to ground it and then created the background and colors in Photoshop—often inspired by the palette of Francis Bacon. The result is an image that, unlike CGI, feels imperfect and loose, and is rendered by hand.

The result blurs the boundaries between the photographed object and its illustrated background.