Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1963, PJ explored music, electronics, and photography even as a child. This interest led to a BA in music from the University of Guelph, and in 1989 he moved to Oakland, California, to earn an MFA in electronic music from Mills College.
Around the year 2000, a breakthrough in LED technology made LEDs a practical light source. After building an LED-based strobe light for another purpose, PJ started emulating the classic chronophotography of Muybridge and Marey and the strobe photography of Harold Edgerton. But that was just a starting point for the evolution of a technique. By building his own strobe lights and synchronizing them with motion-controlled camera platforms-a device he calls the Strobo-Dingus-PJ composed complex and singular images using the human form.