I am a freelance photographer based in New York City, working on portraiture, documentary and street projects. I am continually fascinated with the power of a photograph to be both representative and surreal — it is an art form with one leg in reality and one leg in dreams, and where those two meet and blur is often the focus of my work.
This project is an ongoing series of self-portraits, shot during the 2020 pandemic in my Brooklyn apartment. By posing in front of prints of my own creative work – snapshots, grainy film memories, collage – I’m able to transport myself to places, people, and feelings from which I am cut off in the quarantined present.
This way of traveling allows me to feel the freedom of swimming in a wide open sea or the comfort of seeing a beloved face. It’s a way of giving something impossible a photographic reality. By creating an image that could be true, I can be there in spirit.
But wherever my mind travels, the real world has an undeniable way of asserting itself. This is an exploration of the vast space between longing and reality, and all the strange and wondrous ways they intersect.
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