The events of my life have led me to interact with the world through a lens. From youth, as a child of Italian immigrant parents, through a burgeoning delinquency in my adolescence and my eventual incarceration, through recovery, and eventual acceptance of a newfound skill; the experience of seeking truth has always helped me find equilibrium. I’m driven by the desire to find what is actually real.
I feel truest to myself when I’m sharing in human experience. I began receiving attention and acknowledgment in recent years for my work focusing on the fringes of society – the marginalized people and the forgotten, secondary citizens. These people live in my world and even as a stranger I can always gain their trust. Even when faced with uncertainty, I never flinch.
I am drawn to people and this craft and the two have become my life. I photograph the undesirable, the ugly, the acne scars, the tired, the bewildered eyes, the flawless skin of beautiful women and the innocence of a child’s expression. My subjects trust me to represent them because I have been where they have been. I have felt what they have felt. All that I ask of them is truth. I am a conduit to tell their stories, dictated in the fractional second of a flash.