it's not what you see, it's how you see it...
At an early age I absolutely feel in love with ART. I found museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to be my inspirational safe haven...from my adolescent insecurities of the real world.
I became lost in awe & delightfully overwhelmed by the different dynamics of time periods and talent. I was fascinated by the use of color palettes, styles, techniques, textures, perspectives and overall composition used to showcase amazing individual talent & creativity. Room after room, wall after wall, full of remarkable masterpieces: establishing a sense of time, place, purpose, history, emotion and overall beauty. ALL with distinct personal styles that bestowed a mighty delightful and lasting impression on me. There was a tangible connection that I could see and feel. I knew I wanted to emulate and create with my own unique imagination and skills. Because I too, was an artist. I simply loved to play with design, draw, color and make things, it was and continues to be such a wonderful and joyful escape...
The more I advanced into art classes, programs and projects along the way as an artist, I found something missing "personally" between concept to execution. The process of creating exactly what was in my "minds eye" was always difficult to purely capture or replicate. I guess you could call it my artistic "visual translation" of mind, heart and soul...to create what I truly saw, felt or imagined. That was until my first photography class in 11th grade. I borrowed a family friends old Yashica 35mm camera, loaded the film, looked into the viewfinder, clicked the shutter and got my hands stinky in the darkroom, it quickly developed into a true personal passion -- THE CONNECTION was made. I opened my heart and eyes to the wonderful world of photography.
Being a photographer has and continues to be a beautiful motivational force. It gave me focus and the courage fresh out of high school to move to Venice Beach, CA from Long Island, NY - the ultimate in visual stimulation indeed. I could see more of the "eclectic real world" and learn how to shoot images better, learn to talk to strangers, take on creative challenges and meet other artist's while developing a photographic style of my very own - slightly tilted, embracing change, constantly learning and always evolving.
My love for photography has propelled me in many wonderful directions: artistically, educationally, professionally, literally, and figuratively with the passion to always keep learning & to always search out the light and to look into the shadows to create a story of my very own "from ordinary - to extraordinary". A simple mindset -- Its all about the image, that light, that moment, a solid memory: a feeling of place, time and hopefully emotion.
I have been extremely fortunate to meet and photograph many great characters, developed great friendships, shared much laughter and many great experiences behind and in front of the lens. I have been lucky to have traveled to some spectacular places and have given my eyes much adventure to feast upon. Collecting and sharing a treasure chest full of wonderful memories: prints, negatives and of course...THOUSANDS of jpeg's and RAW images. The love affair still remains...I want to shoot more, travel more, experience more, embrace more, learn more, share more and print more!
Botanical beauty, majestic bridges, fabulous fireworks, long exposures, night photography, stunning time-lapse moments, travel adventures, intimate weddings and impromptu portrait shoots...there is ALWAYS that insatiable desire to translate light, shadow, form and emotion into an impressionistic scavenger hunt full of visual harmony and a some CHELAPHOTO style. I am delighted to create and share my imagery and passion of pictorial photography with those who take time to enjoy the beauty around them too.