An unexpected journey
While I was a student at UT, I occupied a great deal of my time, like most gentlemen scholars my age, with portrait photography and Japanese translation. Gradually, I built up a modest collection of works from these two hobbies, and as the size of my portfolio grew, it became apparent that I needed a way of cataloging and displaying my favorites.
Ultimately I decided on a web site - but rather than spin up a Wordpress or Tumblr site, in the spirit of self reliance and personal growth I decided to try my hand at coding my own.
This choice proved consequential. I discovered, in the course of many late nights wrangling with syntax and styling, and after hundreds of pages of tutorials and forum posts, that crafting web sites was a beautifully messy creative process - one that I thoroughly fell in love with.
Logos past to present
(visually approximating my code's sophistication over time)
From pastime to primetime
Since my first adventure in web dev land, I've rededicated my efforts several times (and in doing so, rebuilt this site several times as well). I've also completed a number of projects, large and small, as a web dev freelancer.
And currently, I'm working at a start-up web development shop in downtown Austin, Texas, where I have the chance to conquer web dev challenges and soak up new techniques as I never thought possible.
Here and now
This lovely site here will live as a reflection of my progress as a developer. Over time, I'll be adding some polish and new features, refactoring old code, and generally improving its presence and its foundations. Many of these improvements will be documented either at my blog page or on my github profile.
My services - web development and photography - are also available on a freelance basis. Contact me for details.