A Takeaway From the Field of Photography

The most important thing photography has taught me is to not photograph. I almost never carry my camera around, but in case I feel the need to document I use my trusty iPhone. We millennials, through technological and photographic breakthroughs, have adopted the essence of documenting as the accepted way of living, capturing what our life is or supposed to look like. While creating a historic data of either your life or the world around you is important (and personally gratifying) it can also highlight the existence of the fleeting moment.

There have been times where I've let my camera just hang over my chest while I'm shooting live music. At rare and remarkable times I've experienced a mix of raw emotions intertwined and inexplicably real: I close my eyes and feel peace, urgency, and gloom—all at the same time, knowing the moment is completely unrepeatable.

This physical experience is totally audible. What you are watching on stage is not necessarily the visual representation of what you're feeling. The music travels through your ears and connects to your heart in such a way that it seems like they have their own secret tunnel or pathway inside your body. What this trigger might have been is somewhat irrelevant (though most might appeal to a specific memory) but the stillness, the slow motion of it is making you feel present. And instead of letting the camera in to see what I'm seeing, I let the moment live and rest in an intimate part of my brain.

Marcha Contra Impunidad y Corrupción (República Dominicana)

Muchos dejan de ir a las protestas porque sienten que no resultarán en un cambio. Independientemente de cualquier consecuencia externa, para mí también es importante el aspecto emocionalsentir que no estoy sola en mi indignación. Parar por un segundo a mirar alrededor y entender que hay cosas que son más grandes que uno.

Cuanta euforia sentí ayer. Me encantó verlos a todos. <3

Patti Smith [Brooklyn By The Book]

I photographed Patti during a book reading of her very own 'M Train'. She would pause, share some insights, and shower us with her music. Patti also gave some advice for upcoming artists and said, "work hard, keep your name clean, do not compromise, know what it is you're working for, and be true to that goal." <3

09.15.16 // Congregation Beth Elohim, Brooklyn