I've had a camera in my hands for most of my life.
Early (and most profound) influences: Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Edward Weston, and the photographers of the Farm SecurityAdministration. Especially Walker Evans.
Especially Walker Evans. I found a book of his when I was in high school. That book altered the arc of my life for the better.
Some of my photos are blurry, distorted, out of focus. This is on purpose; when I created these works a few years ago, I was suffering from depression. I didn't see the significance of the distorted works until after I had gotten help. (I'm feeling better now!)
Some of the photos have poem titles for names. Forgive me, I'm a recovering English major.
I have lived in many places, all of them within the confines of New York State. I'm in Brooklyn now with my wife and kitty cats.
I learned a lot about photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and picked up more on my own. As a wise person once said, Sometimes the best teacher is a library card.