“The promotional image for Nick Cave, MTA Arts for Transit, and Creative Time’s collaboration Heard NY, a multimedia installation that was part of New York's Grand Central Station Centennial Celebration.” Creative Time, ad agency; Nick Cave, client.
“Silo is an artist residency in Springtown, Pennsylvania. I was brought in to create images throughout the farm over an eight-day period. All through the project we explored the idea of being chased. The women on the right are frantically trying to get through the fence, while I asked the woman on the left to imagine she had been running for hours and finally tripped. Since I don’t composite my work, this image took seven tries to get just right.” DANCENOW NYC/Silo, client.
“This was one of the promotional images for a feature length film, taken on one of the fastest shoots I have ever been through. The client only gave me twenty minutes to conceive, choreograph, frame and shoot this image. It was on this job that I learned I could produce under intense pressure.” Christy O'Harris, client.
“This shot is from a series of images I created for the multimedia performance group PNDT. I love this image because it looks like Matty is going to land right on top of Patricia. In reality, he was hitting the bed just a few inches from her. It took six tries to get right. No one was injured.” Patricia Noworol, client.
“One of the images from my residency as a Brooklyn Navy Yard Center visiting artist taken in abandoned officer quarters from World War II. You can see old maps of the Pacific peeling off of the walls. What you can't see is that it was only a few degrees above freezing and we were shooting without heat of any kind.” Personal work.
“This image was used to promote an evening of dance and faith produced by Moving Spirits. Just as we were going to wrap the shoot, Tamara looked at me and said ‘I want to jump from that pew.’ This was the last image we shot that day.” Moving Spirits, Inc., client.
“Full Moon Arts Center in East Morriches, New York needed images to promote its extensive sculpture garden. In this sculpture made of doors, I wanted it to look as if the models were just passing through our world on their way to another.” Full Moon Arts Center, client.
“An image from a larger series shot at Woodside Press, an old-school printing company. The images tell the story of a workplace love affair.” Personal work.
Location: Brooklyn, NY.
Duration: I’ve been shooting full time since 2012.
Staff: An amazing group of freelance dancers and artists who have supported me every step of the way.
Education: BFA from the Boston Conservatory.
Cultural influences: I was a professional modern-contemporary dancer in New York for almost ten years. I was trained to tell an honest story with movement. As a photographer, I try to capture an honest moment in an interesting story.
Artistic influences: A lot of my personal work is inspired by classic stories and myths. My professional influences are the great photographers who have used movement to tell a story, such as Lois Greenfield, Richard Avedon and RJ Muna.
Big break: Being hired by Creative Time and the MTA Arts for Transit to create images of Nick Cave's gorgeous Soundsuits for his project Heard NY, which was part of Grand Central Station’s Centennial celebration.
Work environment: On location and in my studio in New York.
Technique: All of my work is achieved in one choreographed shot and I don’t composite my images. As a result, it will take anywhere from five to eight frames to capture everyone moving together.
Philosophy: Honesty through movement.