I am a self-taught photographer and lifelong Bronx resident, who specializes in urban landscape and travel photography.
My photography centers on the exploration and documentation of places and architecture on the periphery - both the grand and the ordinary - where beauty and history intersect.
Despite my love for travel photography, especially abroad, for a decade my favorite subject has been close to home: the Harlem River Bridges, which are the 15 spans that connect the Bronx and Manhattan.
Bridges are among the most visible and dominating markers in the physical landscape of our cities. They ground and orient us. They help to anchor our personal experiences and memories.
Because of the rich and familiar symbolic usage of bridges in our vernacular, I chose the Harlem River Bridges as the means by which I would use my photography to introduce a new perspective of the Bronx and Upper Manhattan, communities that have long been marginalized and stigmatized. Like the little-known spans themselves, my images connect and lead viewers on a journey through an urban landscape that is both familiar and strange, offering a portrait that is refreshing and long overdue. I strive to find and highlight the architectural beauty and uniqueness of these bridges, which like the communities they join, have often been undervalued and neglected.
Most of us experience bridges on the go: in a car, a train, or a bicycle. We overlook their finer details and their relationship to the surrounding landscape. Through photographs, I offer viewers the chance to examine, observe, and appreciate these marvels of purpose and connection.
These spans, full of surprising beauty and historical significance, enhance and enlarge the story of underappreciated areas of New York City. My images challenge and remind us that every community contains a rich vein of stories worthy of claiming, preserving, celebrating, and sharing.
The motivation and intent of this photographic project is born from a journey of self-reflection, a longing for travel and discovery, and my personal search for identity and pride in the borough that is home, heart, and history.