"I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. When I was getting into photography, I was looking at Estevan Oriol ‘s street work and his portrait work and I was thinking, “I like the grain he uses, I want to do that!” and it just started happening. The more I started doing that and looking at more street photographers, I realized that no one was really documenting Jacksonville, so I just took that on my shoulders."
"You know, it’s a lot harder to do street photography in The South than it is in New York. I’ve probably said this before but it is a lot easier to get “The Shot” in New York because there is so much going on at one given time.
But when you come to The South you almost have to have that urge to go look for that. You have to physically drive and have this idea, this search for those images, because there are less people walking or just out and about. The subject pretty much knows you are going to take a picture anyway. Sometimes we have that fly on the wall mentality, or try to shoot from the hip. Sometimes that works, but down here they know. They even see you from the hip."
"My family has probably been here for about three or four generations. I literally bleed Jaguar Teal, so any football fans, yes I’ve been a Jaguars’ fan since the ‘90’s. I’m not a bandwagon guy."
"There is just a certain magic that happens in Southern stuff, I don’t know why it’s like that. That’s why I took on the street photography in town, Black Jacksonville really does not have that many pictures of itself."
"Within that work, I can show the segregation, and what it is doing, and what is happening in society. That is because, while yes we are in The South, this stuff is happening nationwide."
"One of my favorite shots in the laundromat is this guy Greg who works there and he is getting his hair braided. It’s funny when I show people that photograph they think it looks cool that he is just getting his hair braided, then they realize that it is in a laundromat.
That is extremely African American, someone was like, “Your hair looks bad, let me do it for you” and they did it right then and there. It allows people to see themselves in the work. I’ll go back and give them a print of the work, and they think it is crazy because they have never seen themselves like that before."
"In life, as artists, we are creating the work, but we are also curators of the experience. A photograph that I might take is still a curation of what life is for the particular person and what I want them to view."