ARTIST STATEMENT: Ever since I first picked up a camera as a teenager in inner-city New York I have considered myself a photographer. While photography has become more and more of a business, I still believe that we have a responsibility to tell the stories of those who are least heard and most vulnerable. More than anything else, I love the freedom that photojournalism gives me to tell a story over the course of several years, to delve deep and paint the kind of complex portraits that we are seeing less and less of in our newspapers and magazines. As a young man of color growing up in one of the worst neighborhoods in America, I was fascinated by the way in which my community was portrayed in the media. As an adult I chose to pursue photography in order to ensure that there was more diversity in the images that are presented to the public.
Through my work I seek to put a human face on a group of people all too often referred to as “them.” Photography has an amazing ability to transform the way in which we see the world around us but as important as what we point that camera towards is who is behind the camera. My background as an American of color gives me a unique perspective that is all too often missing from the avalanche of images we see in our everyday lives. Through my current project I seek to connect Europeans to one another and to use photography to create a link between people that is stronger than clichés and prejudice.