My first love was drawing.
Since childhood, I’ve always painted and scribbled in sketchbooks.
Over time, the sketchbooks became photo diaries...
Arc’teryx x Nicole McLaughlin
Nicole McLaughlin and I hung out for three days straight.
She showed me her work process in her Brooklyn studio and then we drove to her childhood home in the same town where the Sopranos was filmed.
In true Italian fashion, her mom made us soup for lunch.
It was amazing.
Lysergic acid diethylamide and Psilocybin mushrooms, 2015
No one ever believes me when I tell this story but when I made these two photographs, I had never tried hallucingenics. Why did I want to photograph illicit drugs? Why the fuck not? I asked everyone I knew if they had psychedelics on hand and one friend came to my rescue and allowed me to take some pictures of their stash. I had already understood its visual effects from my research and I was fascinated by the concept of altered states of consciousness. Am I seeking enlightenment? Not really. I just wanted to see bright colors and feel a little funny. Is this TMI? Probably, who cares.
Hancock Shaker Village for MOLD Magazine
We drove to Western Masschusetts to photograph a former commune. I’ve never lived on a commune, not sure if I want that many roommates. Anyway, what were the Shakers? Something like the Quakers except they “danced” when they got together for religious worship. It felt like I stepped back in time, into a portal, a different world. The technological innovations that the Shakers left is what really interested me. You ever see a circular-shaped stone barn? Insane. I asked a lot of questions to the museum director. I got close to the garden and noticed poppy plants. Did you know that if you cut a fresh poppy pod, it oozes? Did you know that if you tilted a dried poppy pod, poppy seeds come out?