The first time I picked up a camera was while serving in the military. I purchased my first camera (the Nikon D40) after finding out I was heading to a deployment in the Middle East. My first steps off the plane in Iraq were heavy. The sand that hugged everything. The wind that whipped heat. The tense atmosphere. The place where mankind started. I was subconsciously hooked.
During my enlistment, I worked alongside the RAF in England for two years, spent time training in Germany and ended up at Langley Air Base in Virginia, USA. While deployed to Iraq, I started a small clothing company called "Bonjour Pierre." I operated all aspects - design, branding, logistics, marketing, e-commerce and finance. All of my downtime and pay went into the company; however, after returning home, my interest in running a business diminished while conflict journalism, for me, blossomed. Photojournalism didn't present itself as a passion until I stopped wearing the unifom.
After moving to Richmond, Virginia, I e-mailed every newspaper in the area looking to gain experience. No one responded, until I had an offer to contribute work as a photojournalist for the Henrico Citizen, a small newspaper in Richmond. I volunteered my time in exchange for OJT. In only a few months, I found myself photographing a wild NASCAR race weekend, a Presidential campaign visit, an Olympic athlete homecoming, the Charlotte & Richmond "Black Lives Matter" protests and most recently the Women's Marches in New York City.
For the future, I'm expanding my medium into VR and 360 video. I am experimenting with the Oculus Rift and hope to produce work for VR headsets.
I live in Brooklyn currently studying anthropology at CCNY. I shoot with a 5D MIII and an iPhone.