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"The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words."  ―Elliott Erwitt 

“If you scrutinize reality closely enough, if in some way you really, really get to it, it becomes fantastic.”

― Diane Arbus

“If you were to ask me to define a photograph in a few words, I would say it is a fossil of light and time.”

― Daido Moriyama

“A great photograph needs no explanation; it functions by suggestion. There is no need to be explicit.”

― Mary Ellen Mark

“Making a definitive declaration of intent or meaning kills the photograph.” ― Daido Moriyama

“For me, photography is not a means by which to create beautiful art, but a unique way of encountering genuine reality." ― Daido Moriyama

It really is very simple to convey this, because once I dismissed the need for an abundance of irrelevant details and minutia, what is actually left? Sure, touching on the fact that I am NYC born (and Bronx bred) shows I have lead a *moderately* eventful life thus far. Stints as soldier, law enforcement officer, graduating from Iona College, and basically getting married to my wife, Mary, and raising two girls, Kristen and Danielle, took a great deal of devotion from my state of existence- but what else?

I guess, as a kid, I was an avid reader. What I chose to read basically set me up for where I am now, because I liked comic books and read newspapers like most other kids my age. However, my cerebrum would light up with delight when I read Time, Life, Look, National Geographic, even the Readers Digest. But the magazines which captivated me the most were the photo-laden Time, Life, and Nat Geo publications.

While overseas as a soldier in then West Germany, I picked up an Olympus OM-2n and a very few prime lenses and conducted my first photographic "wandertags" or day-trips. Developing and processing was possible because (as a Military Intelligence Battalion) we had "Imagery Interpreters" during this Cold War era- and they had dark rooms we could use- just buy your own film and paper.

Fast-Forward to today (some 10+ cameras later) I now enjoy Street and Photo Journalistic style photography. When I think about it, I've come full circle in the last 40 years- a camera body and a few prime lenses.

Now I'm the guy walking around the Bronx, or in NYC (Soho, Alphabet City, etc) happily shooting away, taking the images you see here.


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