are the key to good photographs. I mean, as long you clean them. A teacher once told me that if I take such good care of my camera, I'm going to miss the best photos. So, I like getting my lenses dirty whenever possible.
I started my photographic ambitions by cutting my older brother's head off using Kodack disposable cameras, and soon after found myself photographing strangers on the street. Fast forward to college, and I am a senior staff photographer and deputy photo editor for the Columbia Daily Spectator. I've explored the NYC stand-up comedy and spoken word poetry scenes with my camera, and have even produced my own show. From live events to live life experiences, I'm obsessed with capturing human experiences for what they are.
I take courses at the International Center of Photography and Columbia University School of Journalism, and freelance for the Rutland Herald while visiting my family in Vermont.
I currently intern in the Communications and Marketing department at The Museum of the City of New York, and am a former intern in the Photo Group at Hearst Publishing. I've produced a spoken-word poetry vs. stand-up comedy show at Bowery Poetry Club, and researched global drug policy reform at Open Society Foundations. I write for the Barnard Bulletin. I love playing with my brother's dog and cousins' cats.
Dream job? Photojournalist.
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