Since college, street photography has been my creative outlet. It's challenged my comfort zone and I've been able to document those experiences. The process of photography has reaffirmed my belief people are innately good and infinitely fascinating. The most interesting people are often the most intimidating so I've worked hard on my approach. I hope my photos are documents of those successes.
16 years later, I still use my camera both as my conversation starter and other times as a way to unobtrusively document a scene. Sometimes I'm a participant and others, a fly on the wall.
Six years ago, I moved to NYC. Here, I feel like I've found my direction and and focus. Also in this time, I've traveled to Romania, Thailand, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Mexico and many parts of the US to document with video and photo. New settings always inspire an abundance of new, inspired work and hope to keep this pace.
I'm a professional video editor and aspiring professional photographer. In my 35 years, I've accomplished many creative endeavors including a successful band, many short videos and thousands of photos I'm proud of. I'm currently self publishing a photo book which will be a series called "Endangered Species" which I plan to have many volumes of. I've also started a video short doc project called FACES (www.faces-stories.com) which is really a video version of my my street pics. They're short profile studies on random people I meet in my travels through NYC and beyond.
Thoughts on Photography:
Peoples relentless interest and participation in photography suggests to me the high level of intelligence which the viewer demands to be treated with. If a photo is a only a fraction of a seconds worth of information, it's virtually impossible to know any actual context surrounding it. Even the photographer often knows little about the context their own photo. This open ended medium allows a powerful platform for a viewer to bring their own contexts to the image and create their own narrative. An abstraction. A puzzle to figure out. Literal connections can be informative but lacking the ability to give infinite ways to use their imagination.