I am a street & documentary photographer living & working in San Francisco. I started photographing in the early 1990s, while working in academic neuroscience research. My starting moment was profound & expanded into inclusivity to widen the view. I photographed like a coffee addict, using the city as my epicenter.
I grew up watching old classic movies, especially film noir. It was one of the few entertainments my parents could afford. Few, know this part of my journey. And without a doubt, it was an enriching experience that greatly adding to my visual tastes. I also became a student under Frank Espada, photojournalist & photographer in San Francisco.
Before leaving academia, I was out on the streets every weekend capturing the diverse spirit of people’s expressions: Bay Area protests, Exotic Erotic hip & music venues, countless parades e.g., LGBTQ, Day of the Dead night march, Love & Carnival parades, International Workers Day, Black Family Day & many more.
To reach beyond, I took on deeper projects, which led me to photo essays. For instance, my 2019 Catchlight submission was La Vida de Shawn O’Shea. A story is about the complicated life of a stripper & sex worker, who was dishonorably discharged from the Navy for being gay. Over the years, I’ve also traveled as far as Zimbabwe, Africa to various countries like North & South Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, photographing hill tribe Minorities, living in rustic surroundings in remote & mountainous areas. They are proud people under the overwhelming pressured of urbanization & globalization.