Photography is a new endeavor for me. For years I was programmed with the knowledge to sell digital cameras. I could talk the language and sound like an expert, but had no idea what to do beyond setting a camera on automatic and pressing the shutter button. When I moved back to Boston and enrolled at Lesley University, I decided to take an introduction course to digital photography so I could learn a little bit of what I was talking about. The introduction course eventually lead me to two different commercial photography courses taught by the same professor. Initially I felt intimidated because I thought I was the only non-photography major in these classes. But over time I learned there was no exact way to take a good picture. Some photographs I thought would have been rejected because of blur or some kind of color distortion were embraced by the professor and other students. It became less about simply taking a photo, but coming to the realization you had the ability to preserve a moment of time in a split second, and learning how to respect that power.
The seed was planted by the late Robert Devoluy (RIP), then further nurtured by friends Dalia Tapia and Judith Ouellette, professors Fred Levy and John Goodman. Without your influences, I would still be speaking the specs with absolutely nothing cool to show for it.
The Party Starters and DJs at Work are two current photo projects I’m working on, to bring more awareness to the people who invest a lot of hard work and creativity to make night life as memorable as possible. There’s also moments from a feature photography session with the legendary Eileen Dover, as well as documentary photo footage from an underground rave in Brooklyn.