I fell in love with photography when at 16 years old, when I discovered my fathers old Minolta SRT 101 35mm camera and lens . I taught myself how to use them and I was hooked.
After a short stint at The School of Visual Arts in the mid 80s, I became a freelance assistant and B&W printer for fashion, commercial and still life photographers.
Working in this capacity allowed me to learn from some of the best photographers in the business. I was also blessed with the opportunity to travel the world as a photography assistant.
My own work at that time was mostly B&W fine art nude photography.
In 2010 I opened 'Deep Tanks' with my partner Florence Poulain, a Butoh dancer. Deep Tanks was an underground visual arts and performance arts space and my studio located on Staten Island New York. We were in operation from 2010 to 2016. I began to capture portraits of artist and performers at Deep Tanks. Many of the photos on this site are from this period.
In 2011, I began to photograph people at Lumen, an annual international visual and performance arts event on Staten Island, NY. I wanted to focus on the artists participating in the event on location, but many were too busy to pose. So I shifted my lens to those attending the event. That year i captured 52 portraits.
That year my 'LUMEN ARCHETYPES' series was born, and the 'Deep Tanks Photo Booth' was also born. Every year since then I document Lumen artists and visitors. In 2016, I photographed over 600 people in 6 hours at Lumen.
I no longer use the name 'Deep Tanks Photo Booth' as Deep Tanks Studio is not in operation right now. I have set up my pop up studio in bars, basements, city parks to mud rooms. I have photographed at block parties, weddings, birthdays, drag shows and many other events.
In 2016 I moved from New York City to Kingston NY. We recently opened a 3000sqft studio called Deep Tanks in the heart of Kingston.
“God lights the earth with one light” attributed to Albert Watson.
“It’s a camera, not a magic wand” -kristopher johnson