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The end of August basically represents the end of summer for me. And 2020 is no different. The kiddos, along with my always amazing partner, will return to school shortly. My HR related works tends to shift in focus and intensity around this time. Although the weather here in New York City remains hot, shorter daylight hours makes it feel more fall-like.

It's also around this time of year that I start to reflect back on what I've been able to accomplish photography-wise. I'm happy to say that, particularly over the last three years I've grown in wonderful ways. In 2017 I focused on making photo prints and self publishing my photo book. This led to opening my Etsy shop in 2018. In 2019 I was able to participate in several gallery events, such as Pride Continues and New Visions: Activism Through the Lens. Seeing my work hang in spaces where people can look at them as the artworks I know them to be was special.

2020... whew! In the beginning of the year I scaled back significantly on doing street photography because of the coronavirus pandemic. But I couldn't completely stay away. So, with an abundance of caution, I got back on track in around May. What's funny is that I've probably had my most fulfilling year thus far.

My city and its people are battered and bruised. We're pissed off too. But as I walk around with my camera, I see so much beauty, joy, and spirit. I feel energized each time I get to capture a bit of it.

Speaking of capturing the city... some of you may know that I purchased some new stuff such as a new camera, as well as a GoPro video camera, several months ago. I've been practicing using these tools in an effort to become better at telling the stories I see when I'm on the streets of New York City. While I don't believe I'll ever stop thinking of myself as primarily a photographer, I recognize that video has a place in my work.

With that, I'm excited to show you all my first street photography video!

This is the start of a new chapter in my goal to be the best photographer I can be. Regardless of the tools I use, the aim is, to quote Robert Frank:

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”

For the last several years now I've been honored to show you all, through my photos, the beauty and humanity of the city I've called home for practically my entire life. I appreciate you sticking with me as I've developed into the photographer I am today. Thank you.

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Creative Chaos Photography

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Music (Track One): Autumn Woes by Ryan Little 

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