I find photojournalism and documentary photography quite fascinating. So much happens around us, near or far. There is always a compelling story that needs to be told, a social issue that needs a voice. Using my art to make a difference in this world is important and very rewarding. I always appreciate beautiful scenery, a mesmerizing sunset, pretty flowers; however, I often find myself drawn to decayed, old, abandoned, cracked, rusty scenes. Seeing and finding beauty in unusual places; sometimes sad, bad or ugly, is invigorating.
I do my best to get out there and find the beauty, discover the unique, capture what interests me and present it the way I see it. Some days the destination could be my own back yard or some days it could be a quaint town by the ocean, or a sunflower field close-by or a big concrete jungle couple hours away or my homeland oceans away, I explore all the possibilities that allow me to get there with my camera in my hand to tell a comprehensive and a compelling story. I climb on the top of my car, I get down and dirty, I hop from boulder to boulder, I gladly step in a puddle or a mud or wake up at the crock of dawn to catch the sunrise and continue to shoot because the feeling of contentment, inner peace and abundance that I find through photography is exhilarating.
I have learned what makes me who I am as a photographer today out in the field. I have read books and publications and online material; however, practice has been and still is my ultimate way of learning and enhancing my skills as a photographer. However, few years ago I took few commercial photography classes at Delaware Technical Community College. I also successfully completed an online individualized photography course offered by Photographic Society of America.
I am a member of the Delaware Photographic Society (DPS), Fairhill Photography Meet-up Group and Photographic Society of America (PSA). I currently serve on the board of Delaware Photographic Society as the Field Trip Chair. I lead photo field trips for the members.
My work has been part of the Wilmington Art Loop as well as Newark Art Loop several times. I won few local photography awards. I received multiple acceptances to Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography (WIEP). Also I received several acceptances in DPS and PSA competitions. I won the second place medal in the photojournalism category in PSA-MAC 2013 competition. I won the DVCC best in show in photojournalism category at Wilmington International Exhibition of Photography (WIEP) 2013.