In January of 2016, I finally upgraded from my old iPhone 4 to an iPhone 6. What happened as a result was totally unexpected…..I discovered my passion for photography. I have always enjoyed taking photos and sharing my unique perspective as a bayman, but never thought my photos of sunrises, fish, and seagulls would ever amount to anything more than mild admiration on Facebook and Instagram.
I’ve never taken a photography class, or had any experience other than shooting with my iPhone, so it was certainly a huge surprise when I started receiving requests for prints of my photos. I was getting a lot of positive feedback initially from friends and family, and eventually from strangers and other photographers. In the Spring of 2016, Cornell Cooperative Extension asked me if they could use one of my photos for the cover of their inaugural issue of “On The Water”. It was this moment that I realized, that I really had the potential to do something with my photography. Subsequently, I entered my first photo contest, won my first photo contest, and made the cover of The Suffolk Times. But most importantly, I found something that I’m good at, that I love to do.
As a native Northforker and the son of a fisherman, I have always had a deep connection and respect for the natural environment, and the beauty that makes the East End so unique. It is this unique beauty and perspective as a bayman , that has inspired my photography. I ultimately hope to inspire others with my images, and bring a heightened awareness to the importance of respecting and preserving, not only our natural resources here on the East End, but also our heritage.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” – Henry David Thoreau