Self Portrait


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2017 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards) - Silver (Advertising / Music)

2017 PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris) - Bronze (Advertising / Music)

2017 MIFA (Moscow International Foto Award) - Silver (Fine Art / Still Life)

2017 MIFA - Silver (Editorial / Personality) "Taboo: The Fight"

2017 MIFA - Bronze (Advertising / Music)

2017 IPA (International Photography Awards) - 2 x Honorable Mention (Architecture) "Oz" & "The Highline

2017 IPA - 2 x Honorable Mention (Fine Art) "Oz" & "Mimi"

2017 IPA - Honorable Mention (Portrait)

2016 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards) - Bronze (Advertising / Food)

2016 IPA - Family of Man - Honorable Mention



Visual Breathing

I was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, a factory town. When I was six, my family moved to Louisville, Kentucky. We followed my dad's job. My parents bought a brand new house in a freshly-cut suburb, Dorsey Woods. As kids, my brother and I followed the storm drains and occasionally cut our own paths through the tall, itchy grass of Berrytown. My mother was a social worker and physical therapist. She did it for love, and boy was it returned. Some patients she treated for years after their insurance stopped coverage. My father was an HR expert at a time when that was a new thing. He blazed a trail that would take him as far as South Korea and India in an endless search for how to make the way we work together more humane.

For my brother and I, a monthly subscription to National Geographic was our first invitation to the world. Our dreams were further seeded by our always-traveling aunts and uncle, who would send us Hindu comic books, stuffed caymans, and every type of exotic stamp. It never made sense that doctors called us near-sighted. Near was clearly not the focus. 

At 15, I worked on a dairy farm in Belgium. I spent my junior year of college studying at the Sorbonne and Institut Catholique in Paris, France. After graduation, I interned for a South Indian film production company, living in Hyderabad and Chennai, India.

When I returned to the US, I moved to Brooklyn. I've been making images (of all shape) for twenty-five years. What connects my life experiences to what I do professionally is my profound and un-quenched curiosity to observe and nurture what's human in all of us. While today I do look closer, I am still, and always will be, a romantic dreamer, with deep existential undertones. Photography gives me permission, a license to visit the lives of others, the courage to really meet the people I photograph, and the passion to observe and honor the most intimate of our human experiences and emotions.  I call it "visual breathing."

"The world is never quiet, even its silence eternally resounds with the same notes, in vibrations which escape our ears. As for those that we perceive, they carry sounds to us, occasionally a chord, never a melody."     - Albert Camus

“Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”     - Susan Sontag

“I think that my job is to observe people and the world, and not to judge them. I always hope to position myself away from so-called conclusions. I would like to leave everything wide open to all the possibilities in the world.”     - Haruki Murakami

"If transgression is at the very heart of photographic portraiture, then the ideal outcome - beauty, communion, honesty, and empathy - mitigates the offense. Art can afford the kindest crucible of association, and within its ardent issue lies a grace that both transcends and tenders understanding."    - Sally Mann