about “If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” --Charlie Parker In my images I try to capture the sensibility of the tradition of film photography. Even though film is a vanishing art, I have a healthy respect for the artistic skill required to achieve what we now accomplish in the post-processing age. In black and white, I try to convey the texture and warmth of film photography. Working within the limits of pure black to pure white, I find a kind of artist freedom. As photographer Anders Peterson said, because “you are not blocked by any colors…you can use your experience, your knowledge, your fantasy, to put colors into black and white.” Experience, and translating that experience through the lens, is crucial. My interest in musicians as a photographic subject is one way my experiences inform my sense of photography as an art: Both are creative and spontaneous, but both require practice and hard work. They also capture something fleeting, spontaneous emotion that both photography and music can make tangible. Although I currently live in Encinitas, California, my journey as a photographer began in Brooklyn, New York. I left my family behind in the ‘80s, and landed in Venice Beach, California, following my instincts, and finding my passions on my own, with the help of a good friend. My images reflect that sense of isolation—isolation, but also independence. Perhaps that sense of isolation is what’s drawing me back to Brooklyn again: I’ll be returning there in the coming year, shooting the seasons as they pass, seeking my origins in the city. I am living it, so it can come out of my lens.