At the age of thirteen, I stood in the dark and watched my first photographic image float magically to the surface in a tray of developer -- it drew me in and gave me a new way of looking at the world. The image showed a spider web clinging neatly to a stack of firewood, the focus being on the series of concentric circles hidden within each log. The web, the spider, the life of a tree exposed and extinguished with a swing of an axe; ever since that day, I have been guided by the understanding that a single image has the power to tell many stories.
I studied photojournalism at The New England School of Photography, graduating with honors, but my real world training began in earnest on the streets of New York City in the 1980s documenting the many social and political tug of wars in the city and the nation. The world around me was changing rapidly and my mission became obvious: to create an honest document while expressing my vision as an artist.
I accomplished that mission as a member of Impact Visuals, a cooperative photo agency dedicated to social documentary photography. It was an empowering experience to see my images contribute to an era of social consciousness.
Since then, my photographs have appeared in dozens of publications including Vanity Fair, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Spin, Essence, The Village Voice, Seventeen, Out, Utne Reader, The Advocate as well as books such as AIDS & Activism and Paul Monette’s Becoming A Man. I am also honored to have several of my photos included in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.
My approach is best described as raw and honest, capturing the one thought, fleeting emotion or gesture that even the naked eye misses. I am constantly awed and inspired by these unseen elements that are often exposed in an image. In the words of Dorothea Lange, “[the photograph]…proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.”
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