My journey started with my Grandmother, also an artist, who constantly encouraged me to be creative and explore the artist within me. I soon discovered the photographer Eugene Adget and his unique way of capturing the simplicities of everyday life. Also, Manray for showing me that photography is art.

 

Although I have no formal art education in the art world, I did attend the Johnson and Wales University for Culinary Arts, and suspect the care and attention I learned to pay to food helped shape my appreciation of the beauty of the ordinary, day-to-day life. Also, because I am self-taught as a photographer, I am never afraid to explore, question and educate myself, to become more nuanced in capturing what I would like to share to the world.

I have had the great fortune to not only participate in numerous photo expositions, but to have placed in a handful of them. The most recent result is that I have been invited to show my work in group shows at galleries throughout the New York Tri-borough Area.

My photographs give voice to the silent stories I find all around New York City ‒ most of them in plain sight. When the sun, the Hudson River, and the corner of a building all join in a dance of reflection, light, and shadow; when the last of the leaves blow ominously across an abandoned piece of playground equipment late at night ‒ these are the stories my photographs tell. There is a solitude that is known to most city-dwellers; a hollowness against the artificial light and the din of the city’s razzle-dazzle. It is that isolation that my camera seeks.

This is a city full of diamonds.

New Yorkers train themselves to tune out the everyday sensory overload; barely seeing what's right in front of them. Looking at a collection of my work, I’ve seen people experience something extraordinary, beautiful, and even life-changing. It’s amazing how often they start discussing memories ‒ as they move from photo to photo, it’s as if they move through their own life as well. I prefer black and white to color, buildings and landscapes to portraits, large-scale to small. And I have exceptions to each of those preferences. I welcome you to enjoy this series of photographs, and to experience what I see through my lens ‒ the real, raw magic that is my city.

 

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