At what age did you learn that you had an interest in taking photos?
I am 13 years old now and I started taking pictures when I was 11. The first photo I took from this series was P.M.A.R. in New York City. It was taken in an alley way. The image of the stick figure against the brick just pulled me in
In this age of cameras built into cellphones, do you take pictures on your phone or do you use an actual camera? If so, what type of camera?
I take pictures on my phone because I never had access to a camera and its easier to just press one button- I don’t need to fiddle with a lot of confusing buttons on a typical camera.
Do you plan for time to go out and capture images or do you take photos here and there as you go throughout your day?
I just take my phone with me and when my camera is on I see the world differently. I see things that look like they have a story. I feel a pull to take a photo when I see the right image
Are there any particular photographers that you look to for inspiration?
I love photos from National Geographic and I find that inspiring.
How important is it for your family to support your craft?
They love my pictures and are very supportive of me. Most of my family members have at least one of my photos in their house. I think they choose the photos they like based on their personality. For example, my grandma likes really bright colors and is into fashion so she really likes ‘Shoe Repair’.
What's next for building your photography craft? Are you seeking any type of arts + photography education?
I want to be an actor when I grow up but photography comes second so I may want to pursue it later on. I will continue taking photos when I feel inspired.
Tell us a bit about the photos you have shared with us @ Local.
My collection is called Steam Punk Rainbow because sometimes when I take photos I crank up the lighting in chrome and also use the noir effect. I like to take pictures of buildings, alleyways pipes, statues and it reminded me of steampunk. I like taking pictures using angles because I feel they are more unique that way. It’s pretty cool to walk into Local and see my art on the wall. Now people can enjoy my pictures as much as my family does.