Black and white photography has been the main attraction for me. It is removed from the glitz and glamor color. It tears down the noise and provides one the simplicity of what is there. Supplies clarity, truth, and a path to a destination without complications. Sure there are some grays between the spaces, but so does life. We live in grays and come alive in the drama of contractions and extremes.
As a photographer, I used my camera to break down my earlier isolation programming and explore my surroundings. The camera gives me permission to investigate and learn what others do. It demands a visual understanding of whom my subjects are with empathy and patience, whether it’s a long-term documentary project at a Bronx Firehouse (1997-2002), at a Bronx Monastery (1996 – 1997), or as a photojournalist working on extensive photo essays.
This street photography project has evolved from the Lower Manhattan series to Night Vision. A collection of images of the LES and China town captured at night, resequenced, and translated into a triptych.
As triptychs, the language changes to a story on a panel that becomes a question of relationships from one image to another—placed together organically, not logically, to be deciphered by the viewer.
En Foco is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, BronxCare Health System, The Joy of Giving Something, Inc., Rockefeller Brothers Fund Culpeper Arts and Culture, New York Community Trust Mosaic Network & Fund the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and Aguado-Pavlick Arts Fund.