Tell me about you, what’s your story?
I grew up in New York City and Long Island. My mother was a photographer, so it’s always something I knew one could do. She died when I was young and I didn’t take it up until some time after. I do have fond memories of doing photograms with her in the basement as a child. I ended up studying photography at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and California College of the Arts after that. In between schools I worked as a commercial assistant and freelance printer. I moved back to New York about twelve years ago and I live in Brooklyn with my son.
Where does your passion for photography come from? What are your processes and influences?
The balance between art and science that has always drawn me to photography. I also love making things with my hands which keeps me in the studio and brings out the sculptural elements of my work. My influences are constantly changing and are too many to list. On my cork board at the moment are images by: Justin Matherly, Sarah Lucas, Tono Stano, and Alberto Giacometti
First thing you do in the morning?
If I’ve shot something the day before I look at it. I was once told you can’t lie to yourself first thing in the morning.
What advice would you give to a young photographer?
Persistence is everything, but be unique, be honest and work hard. Oh, and don’t be an asshole, that may not help your work but the rest of us would really appreciate it.
What books are on your bedside table right now?
Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion, some water and a Buddha (oh I misread, that’s everything on my bedside table…)
Some things absurd you would like to do now?
I would like to cast some of my still life’s which is pretty much impossible. Alternatively, I’m going to bring a hammer to the set as a styling tool.