World of One: Grounded Ambitions

Grounded Ambitions Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5   This image is about setting realistic goals for yourself. It is my way of illustrating the old adage: Reach for the stars, but keep your feet on the ground. Grounded Ambitions has been marinating in my brain pan for the last 2 years. I had originally imagined it very differently, with one figure sitting on the ground and the other figures jumping wildly in the air. But in my mind’s eye, I foresaw compositional problems with that arrangement. When it came to …

Jealous Pride

Jealous Pride 2015 Archival Pigment Print 24 x 47 inches | edition of 5 Jealous Pride is about the fragile relationship we have with our own self-esteem. Simply put, when we’re feeling good, we’re totally unbothered by our insecurities. However, I often find that those same insecurities still linger in the dark recesses of our minds. Since I first started working on my World of One series, I’ve always thought to myself “This would probably look much better if it was a pretty girl in the picture instead of my face!” Now 5 years later, I finally have the chance to put that thought into action. …

BBoy Monster: WillDaBeast

BBoy Monster – Willdabeast, Fan Kick 2015 Archival Pigment Print 16 1/2″ x 24″ inches | edition of 10 Introducing the latest addition to my BBoy Monsters series: WillDaBeast!!! Gorgeous Will, as his friends like to call him, is a fellow crewmate and also a part time model, photographer, and general freelancer. Like many others in my BBoy Monsters series, he is a man of many talents and more than just a perfectly handsome and chiseled face! This is actually my second attempt at BBoy Monster-fying Gorgeous Will. This was shot in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn in front of …

RIP M.E.M

One of the photo world’s brightest stars, legendary photographer Mary Ellen Mark passed away this weekend. I interned in her studio the last year and a half or so, having left just this past April. So I thought now would be the best time to share some of my stories about her, both for me as a way to grieve, and also for future photographers who will never get to meet this wonderfully complicated women.   When I first moved to New York, I earned my first paycheck by assisting Mary Ellen for a parade shoot (meaning I got to follow …

World of One: Pleasures of Pain

Pleasures of Pain Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 47 3/4″ inches | edition of 5   “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” – Buddha We should not pick on others because we ourselves will inevitably get hurt in the process. In Pleasures of Pain I am illustrating a similar concept, only using snowballs instead of hot coals. Pleasures of Pain visually depicts this conundrum by juxtaposing the same person in both roles: as both the aggressor, and …

Sleeping on a Cloud

  Sleeping on a Cloud I found this gem as I was going through my archive the other day. There is no Photoshop at work here; instead, this was done in a single shot, with me lying on a roll of white seamless paper inside of a camera obscura. Camera obscura, for the uninitiated, is the precedent and cornerstone of photography: “A camera obscura (Latin: “dark chamber”) is an optical device that led to photography and the camera. The device consists of a box or room with a hole in one side. Light from an external scene passes through the …

World of One: the Hustler

the Hustler (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 44 1/4″ inches | edition of 5   This is what it feels like to live in New York City. Everybody is somebody here (or at least trying to be somebody), so nobody gives a shit who you are. To survive here, you have to be constantly moving forward in life. If you’re not giving it your all, then you’re falling behind. At least that’s how this city feels to me, and I’ve crafted this image to reflect those feelings. I wanted to …

World of One: NSA

NSA (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 43 5/8″ inches | edition of 5   This image has been marinating in my brainpan for months. I came up with the idea for this shot shortly after the NSA leaks broke out last year. However, I wasn’t able to find a suitable setting to serve as its backdrop until this past June. Furthermore, until these past few weeks, I’ve had neither the time, nor the resources to develop this picture to its completion. For me, this image represents one of America’s biggest …

BGirl Monster: Queen NV

BGirl Monster – Queen NV, Flying Stance 2014 Archival Pigment Print 24″ x 16 1/2″ inches | edition of 10   The BBoy Monsters are back! Though the BBoy Monsters are by far my most popular body of work, it’s been over a year since my last contribution to the series. After working on World of One stuff for most of this year, I’ve been feeling a bit tired of seeing my face recently. So I thought I’d take a short break and shoot some more dancers for the time being. While I guess this would technically be considered a …

World of One: Commodum

Commodum (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 40 7/8″ inches | edition of 5   “Good luck seldom walks in pairs, but bad luck never walks alone” – Chinese Proverb Apologies to my regular readers – New York life has been kicking my ass recently, which is why I hadn’t been making any posts for the last two months. My free time was swallowed whole by the apartment hunt monster, which left me with mere crumbs of time to produce any artwork. The apartment hunting process led me to ponder on …