||Photographic Brushstroke, a term that has been an oxymoron, is no longer. Being a visual artist is in many ways like being a singer, if you sound like everyone else then why even bother singing. If you go to my exhibition with a predetermination of what photography is, you will not find a single photograph. To me photography is not just a tool to replicate reality onto a two dimensional surface but a process involving a camera in which an ordinary thing is transformed into the extraordinary. My works are photographs at heart. I only wish to capture a mundane moment and turn it into something larger than itself- a drop of paint quickly dissolved in water becomes a dragon, a landscape in the sky, a war tom area filled with burning trees and mushroom clouds; an intersection between you and me. In this paper you will find written words and images taking you through my thought process and experimentations exploring the idea of emotion over illustration, the balance between aesthetics and concepts, the beauty found in every seemingly random moment and of course harmony between painting and photography. You will also see how paintings by Jackson Pollock, photographs by Richard Avedon, the art of traditional Chinese painting and people whom I worked with influenced the way I photograph now. All of this resulted in an exhibition titled Photographic Brushstroke, which took place at the Salt Lake City Library during the month of April and May 2010.