26 imagesA selection of images documenting a few hours at Breads Bakery, a wonderful bakery and cafe on 16th St. near Union Square in Manhattan.
23 imagesEncuentro Beach is a rather isolated stretch of beach on the North Shore of the Dominican Republic in the Puerto Plata province. It is located between the cities of Sosúa and Cabarete. It is a beach very popular among surfers of all levels. It is difficult to find because it is unmarked and accessible to the public via dirt roads. It is a wonderfully shabby place with a very laid back vibe. I was told about it when I was staying at a friend's resort in Cabarete, just a 5 minute drive away. I went there a couple of times. I was only able to stay an hour or so each time but managed to get some shots I find worthy of putting into a gallery. Because of the quality of the light, the shadows, and the textures I felt very strongly that they were best as black and white images.
24 imagesWhile on one of my trips to the north shore of the Dominican Republic I was asked by a friend if I wanted to go with her to visit a cacao plantation, land she had inherited and was thinking of how to make it a profitable venture. It was my first trip through the high hills that climb above the ocean and is blanketed in dense, low forest. Her plantation is situated on a series of hills and ravines above the village of Joba Arriba. It was a long and wonderful hike in which we visited an elderly couple - who exuded happiness and joy - at their house among the hills and in the midst of the forest. We then went to visit a 107 year old matriarch in her family's home even deeper in the forest. Unfortunately I don't speak Spanish so I was not able to be involved in the discussion, but they allowed me to take photos of them. Eventually we made it to my friend's land and came across a couple of young men harvesting her cacao plants and a forlorn mule waiting for it's master and a load to take down the hills.
8 imagesThis is an ongoing project I started late in the Summer and intend to finish by Fall of 2016. I have set out to take portraits of New Yorkers who surf off of the Rockaways in Queens near Kennedy Airport. My intention is to take at least 25 portraits of these New Yorkers in the suits they wear for surfing and holding their surfboards. The location in which each person is photographed relates in some way to their personal life outside of surfing. A vibrant surfing community exists on the Rockaways unknown to most New Yorkers. I want this project to reflect the diverse and disparate people who chase their love and passion for surfing whenever they can find a wave in the Rockaways.