I was born in Puerto Rico, and moved to Minnesota to pursue graduate studies in architecture. I live in St. Paul with my wife, where I practice architecture and enjoy boating, dancing, camping, and as much travel as possible. My interest in photography was born in 1994 when I bought an EOS Rebel S for a student trip to Europe. I thoroughly enjoyed photography from the very beginning, but it had to temporarily take a back seat to my architecture education and first years of practice. During this time, the photography world changed dramatically as digital imaging opened new creative opportunities and challenges. I was initially disheartened by the change, and sold my 35mm kit in the early 2000s. I remember thinking that I was likely done with photography for good.
Things changed dramatically in 2014, when I casually purchased a used DSLR system for my first vacation with my soon-to-be wife. I quickly realized how much I missed photography. More importantly, I realized that digital imaging was still photography, that the experience of framing and capturing an image was still the same, and that the skills I had developed in the past were still relevant even with the newer digital equipment. Things have progressed rapidly since then. I am a frequent participant in art shows, and my images have been exhibited in galleries, restaurants and coffee shops in Minnesota. I am proud that my work, including my writing, has also been featured in local and international publications.
SLOW PHOTOGRAPHY MOVEMENT
While I now love digital photography as much as I loved film, I do feel that we live in a world that is so saturated with images, many of them beautiful ones, that the impact of really good work has been diminished. It's a hyper-competitive environment where photo after beautiful photo floods our social media feeds, often with no relevant context, and sometimes captured with disregard to the consequences to the environment being photographed. What I feel we need more of, is images that tell a story and promote respect for place and context. With this in mind, in 2019 I joined forces with other photographers to launch the Slow Photography Movement, a collaborative effort that focuses on the quality of the photographic experience, and on creating meaningful connections to place. For more, please visit www.slowphotographymovement.com
PUBLICATIONS AND RECOGNITION
My photography and writing has been published nationally and internationally, in books, magazines, and online publications. I don't list them all here (who's got time for that?!), so feel free to email me if you are curious about a specific publication. I have also been honored by several awards, from the cover selection for TPT's Minnesota in Seasons book (bottom right) to multiple District Spotlight selections in the Saint Paul Art Crawl.
Please email me any questions or comments, whether it is about ordering prints, exhibition opportunities, art show participation, or teaching requests. I try to respond promptly but please keep in mind that photography - at this point - is my second occupation.
Email address: [email protected]
Phone number: (651) 271-8469