I’m not much for talking in third person, cause that’s not how we would talk when you and I are sitting down to a slice Artichoke Pizza and a glass of Brooklyn Lager. Super NYC basic cliche, right? SO what, you know you like it too. Not that we would actually spend $5 on a slice of pizza on a regular basis. Our $1 slice is the equivalent of a baguette in France. So, come on Brooklyn, get your dollar slice game on point.
You’ve come to my about page. Thanks. I don’t care to brag about my accomplishments, but I understand that people want to hear and learn about me because I often want to hear and learn about you.
Grew up in California until I was just over 22 with a loving family who I care for and miss everyday. Majored in Film production, had a few laughs, cried a few tears, made my childhood mistakes, loved a few times, and then left it all behind. California isn’t for me, and that’s all that you need to know about the beginning of my years.
My first awakening was moving to New York. Today I live in Brooklyn. Started out my career here in Times Square as a video editor/assistant. Having studied film, I was still determined to be a filmmaker. In my reality, it’s not as practical to have a sustainable career in that field. at least not at that time, and still not today. To be a filmmaker, one must produce enough bad content to learn how to make good content without breaking the bank and without breaking spirit. I made 19 films in 2016. 18 of them spending less than $100 on production. I bought the equipment, but that’s how I learned. Now, I only make the films I know I’ve put enough effort into that I’m not wasting anyone else’s time. I know to say NO to shooting documentaries, live performances, products, speeches, fantasy, large production Sci-fi, and experimental. It’s not what I want to do and it drains my soul. I still have projects I want to accomplish, but it’s on my time, when and when I know it’s worth the endeavor.
Film is on hold for the time being.
One day, I watched a documentary on street photography and the historical norm of NYC as a launching point of photographers. From then on, I rarely left home without my camera. I went to work with my camera and started taking street photography. I’d get off a train stop earlier just so I could have an extra mile to walk in the rain and catch the reflections of lights in the puddles. One of my favorite past times is to just wander the streets and shoot around while learning about the city I live in. I don’t give myself that chance as often anymore, but I try when I can.
After about 4 months of teaching myself photography in the street, I was picked up by Alicia Keys to be her personal photographer while promoting her next album, HERE. Touring with her around Europe, she and her team took a huge chance on me. I am very thankful for all the lessons they taught me and all the mistakes they forgave while I learned how to work in the professional world.
My second awakening. Once the tour was over, I had hit a high point without learning how to get there. But my parents taught me well. I know how to learn and I’m quickly adaptable. Which brings us to today.
Originally Resistance Photography Project, I created Rogue Photo is a nonprofit for photojournalist documenting protests around the country. Connecting them with their local nonprofit organizations, Rogue Photo aims to create jobs for photographers and start them on a career path that allows photographers to make a living off their art. Currently dedicated to political protests and demonstrations, Rogue Photo will also expand to other industries as not every photographer wants to do political journalism.
After my time with Alicia Keys, I wanted to stay in the same realm of photography; personal photographer for musician and artists. I love music, but like most people, I only love music that I like to listen to. So when I hear a great band and have the most positive and energetic experience listening to them, my first instinct is to shoot. I’ll leave my friends in the crowd to photograph my favorite bands (which is why I don’t often bring dates to concerts). I’ve lost count of how many bands I’ve shot for, but I’ll tell you this, the music scene is alive and well in Brooklyn. You’ll see me duck for the audience, lay on the ground, climb poles, and jump on stage. I have no shame in doing my job because it’s what I love to do.
So that’s my professional story and background. No need to get into the depth of my life here. One day soon I’ll write a book about my ethics, morals, life lessons, and philosophy. Until then, my photography adventure has just begun.
If you've made it this far, here are photos of myself. A shameless selfie growth and memory project, becuase rarely does the photographer get a photo of themselves.