I photograph as pleasure, as practice, as meditation and as homage; for my sanity and my delight; because I must, because I have to; to teach from, to learn from, to look at, to remember.

East Harlem Diptychs

East Harlem Diptychs

East Harlem Diptychs

The neighborhood of East Harlem is in a bit of transition, though it is one of the last areas in Manhattan to become “gentrified.”  It is a place of vibrancy and color and many cultures, particularly Spanish.  As a documentary photographer, I was interested in the multi-cultural signs and symbols that represent the populace. The walls, bricks, building structures, murals and windows. And where nature exists in the city - trees in particular - whether growing in an empty lot, in a faded reproduction on the street, or accommodating a condo of birdhouses. These photographs were made in the Spring, in 2014 and 2015 while I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Center on East 109th Street. They were taken in a very limited and prescribed area, on the four square blocks of my varying route from the subway to the studio and back again.
 

New York City Pairs of Squares

New York City Pairs of Squares

Covello Portraits

Covello Portraits