My main objective as a photographer is to capture and share the spirit of my subject as I experience it. When something catches my attention, I frame my image according to my personal aesthetics and emotional response utilizing available light and technical skills gleaned over the years.|
I would categorize, though not pigeonhole, myself as an artist whose endeavors have developed into a documentary body of work. I have focused on music and dance performances, spiritual ceremonies and everyday life. My love of taking pictures has resulted in a gratifying glimpse into many cultures different from my own. My subject matter often encompasses live music performances, cultural events and lifestyles. I also love photographing people as well as architecture, scenery and candid street shots.
I am self-taught and been taking pictures for the past 35 years. I have published in many Caribbean oriented music and cultural magazines. My work appears on CD covers and liner notes, web sites, flyers, newspapers, magazines and book covers. I have had 2 one-woman exhibits in Cuba, participated in group shows in NYC and numerous exhibitions in the Hudson Valley of NY. I am honored to be a major contributor to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC Exhibition “Discovering Rastafari!”
The award winning documentary RAS CUBA: Interviews with Cuban Rastafarians was produced at the request of the Rastafarian community in Santiago de Cuba. They were anxious to have their voices heard and presence in Cuba known to the international community. The Video is an ongoing fulfillment of that purpose as it is screened worldwide.
The latest documentary, RASTAS AT HOME AND ABROAD presents exciting images, thought provoking information and original music. It will be previewed at the Inaugural Rastafari Studies Conference on August 19, 2010 at the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. This engaging discovery of the International Rastafarian presence mirrors my illuminating experiences while traveling to many countries on four continents. Archival clippings and photographs dating from 1993 are incorporated into this informative work.