I am the child of immigrants and if you know anything about what it’s like to come to a country with nothing but the clothes on your backs, you will understand why the Yashica 35mm camera my father owned was one of his most prized possessions.
It took me till 13 years old to convince my father that I was mature enough to hold it and take my first photographs on a family vacation to the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Lucky for me, my mother had the habit of tipping the camera up or down when she snapped a photo - inevitably cutting my dad’s head or feet off in every vacation photo she took.
You know when something feels right the very first time you try it? I was captivated by the technology, the feel of the camera in my hands, but even more so, by the act of “story-telling” in the click of a shutter. That was it, a shutter clicked in me and story-telling became my passion. It lead to my scholarship to study fine art photography in Berlin, Germany. It lead me to Los Angeles, it lead me to New York City.
I invest all of myself in the art of story-telling and this has branched into several different mediums. My portfolio attests to some of the work I've done but it's only the beginning of what I'm capable of.
And it all started - graciously, magnificently - at the Kennedy Space Center… taking a photo of my father, mother and brother standing beside an astronaut’s spacesuit… using my dad's prized Yashica.
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