A LITTLE ABOUT ME...
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I am a photojournalist at ZUMA Press, the largest independent wire service in the world. Though I’m based in Milford, Pennsylvania–which is located in the northeastern corner of the state, 80 miles from New York City–I shoot everywhere, and love what I do.
After living in Manhattan and working in finance for almost 20 years, I became a journalist, writing an opinion column and articles for a local Pennsylvania newspaper. The job morphed into a passion, and I created MilfordNow, a thriving, online hyper-local news site, that garnered state-wide attention in Pennsylvania, and was sold to Straus News on August 1, 2016. (Read the story, and see MilfordNow HERE)
I have also worked as a freelance reporter at The New York Times.
I love the beauty and solitude that landscape photography offers. The work of minimalist photographers Fan Ho and Michael Kenna calm me, and offer me peace.
I also enjoy photographing people, and find the associated challenges compelling. Taking inspiring pictures of individuals and groups is incredibly difficult–and that makes it even more interesting. Through posed photo shoots, I strive to find something that’s hidden in each person. I believe a great photograph has the ability to elicit emotion; finding that emotion through the lens is fascinating.
In that vein, I am in awe of great street photography. I am a fan of Diane Arbus, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lang, Helen Levitt, and William Klein. I find what these masters have achieved to be beyond words. Their provocative images of people inspire me, and I continue to seek that elusive confluence of subject and opportunity.
The work of great conflict photographers including Larry Burrows’ uncompromising work in and around Vietnam, and Time photographer James Natchtwey motivated me to become a photographer.
Natchwey’s spot coverage of 9/11, along with his work in Romania, Chechnya, and Sudan compels me as a photographer to capture what should not be. To portray the truth, that otherwise would remain in the shadows.
Finally, the work of my friends, including Aimee Dilger, Adam DelGiudice, Ondre Vachek, Anders Putting, Emma Hall, and veteran conflict photographers JB Russell, Jason Howe, and Eric Bouvet all embolden, and motivate me to push harder every day. They all grind it out, and I admire each of them for that effort.
I enjoy the flexibility that working for ZUMA provides. I can work on several projects at one time, or focus on something specific at that very moment. As of early 2019, I’m currently involved with shooting the wide array of Democratic candidates for president. I’m also, as always, continuing to illuminate the changing social mores in America, along with the seemingly increasing number of disasters throughout the country.