World of One: Memento Mori

Memento Mori 2015 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 47 1/8 inches | edition of 5   When our friends pass away, they take a piece of us with them. Their absence leaves a void in our lives, directly proportional to the impact they made in them. Memento Mori was created with this concept in mind, and was meant to be a tribute to my friends who’ve passed away. But I wouldn’t exactly consider this a successful image (not striking enough), so it’ll have to remain in the “almost good” pile for the time being. What bothers me …

World of One: Fortuna

Fortuna 2015 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24 x 41 1/4 inches | edition of 5   Growing up in the US through the mid 80’s and 90’s, I was raised in a culture obsessed with trying to convince everyone that they are winners. This is an unrealistic outlook, given the fact that in most competitions, more often than not, there can be only one winning party. So statistically speaking, myself and others often ended up on the losing end of things. For me, this near obsessive focus on being a winner has actually had a negative effect. Mostly …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

World of One: A Waking Dream

A Waking Dream (from the series World of One) 2014 Archival Pigment Print from 35mm Negatives 24″ x 43 3/8″ inches | edition of 5   One of my favorite philosophical questions to ponder is: “How can I tell if the reality I’m seeing is real?” That is, how can we tell the difference between the reality we see before us and a convincing illusion? As an artist, this is a question that I often allude to in my work, particularly in regards to the authority we give photographs over how we perceive the world around us. Photographs have an …