Photography In Brief

Junior High Days... Were we not all awkward - Photo by Georgette Clark

Junior High Days... Were we not all awkward
- Photo by Georgette Clark

I began my photography journey in college.  I enjoyed the way people would light up and react to the camera.  Moreover, since I came from a negative upbringing, I had very few pictures of myself from my youth.  So I relished the opportunity to document my college days.

The current digital age of photography arrived during my Sophomore year of college.  With my newly purchased Canon 30D, I began photographing the football games for the university.  I was given latitude to cover the sidelines and the crowd.  It was a great experience, capturing the game and the joy people derived from it.  It also provided some great opportunities to travel and meet people.

Due to finances I did not continue photography after college, taking a break for four years.  I returned to it after enrolling in graduate school at the University of Florida, inspired by the new environment, people, and interactions.

It was there that I started to develop my style, which focuses on candid moments.  Even if I am photographing within a controlled shoot, I prefer catching the spontaneous micro-expressions that occur rather the polished and practiced expressions of the professional.

Current Galleries

That's what sheeeee said!!! - Photo by Jenny Lando

That's what sheeeee said!!!
- Photo by Jenny Lando

#MLSoul

Photos showing black supporters and fans of Major League Soccer in an effort to promote involvement and outreach to innercity/urban communities.

#naturallynoires

A celebration of dark-skinned American women with a focus on their personalities and aspects of their existence not widely celebrated or publicized.

Of Note

It is extremely flattering when people share my images.  I ask, if you can, please link back to the image directly on my website.  If you are compelled to save the file locally I ask you to consider two things:  firstly, all of my photographs are covered by a Creative Commons License (CC-BY-NC-ND), in short, you cannot use them commercially nor post them without providing attribution back to me in some form (preferably by leaving my watermark in place), secondly, if you reach out to me, I am willing to provide you with a non-watermarked image for a small fee.  This helps support my budding photography career and keeps me afloat.  

Many thanks!

This is a good friend's son.  He was stuck in this spot for 15 minutes of the match cheering on NYCFC!

Omari and Kwame spend their time off the pitch spreading soccer to innercity students.  This photo is from a tournament they participated in sponsored by NYCFC.  The kids had a very enthusiastic showing, cheered on every second by their coaches!

This was taken in Philly.  The crowd in the supporter's section always stand and they returned late to the stands.  Gladly, dad was there for the rescue!

These young men were part of the first graduating class of the Philadelphia Union's soccer academy.  Soon they will be off to colleges or pro teams to continue their careers.  I believe all of them are from innercity Philadelphia.

Deron is a "day one" supporter of NYCFC and is always known for being very jovial and in a great mood.  He's also known for the "not impressed" face he deploys in photographs.

I won this round!

Andrew is an original drummer and capo for the supporters section of NYCFC.  Here is leading the chants for the match against the Cosmos.

This is Dave all the way.  A fun loving guy, always gregarious and in the middle of the mix!

This is a stadium staffer going into the stands before the match against the Columbus Crew. For a lot of these staffers, NYCFC is their first soccer experience as well. So in away, they share that with the supporters. I especially enjoyed his athletic wear, given the tunnel here, he has the same approach and makeup as the players on the pitch.

This is a childhood friend of mine, Steven, enjoying his first NYCFC match.  Trust me, he's happy.... He's just too damn cool to show it.

I thought this was awesome.  This young lady was a few rows down from the visiting NYCFC supporters section.  She had to hear us cheer against her team all game, but made sure she got her revenge once it was clear NYCFC was going to lose.

This is Sahara and her family enjoying the game.  Well, mostly.  The little one is probably still trying to tuck in between his jacket and his scarf!  The half had just started back up, thus their focus.

Meet Officer Humphrey.... Who shut nonsense down with a quick look.  He was a welcome addition of cool and level-headness to a crazy game day experience.

Not sure about the LL Cool J licking of the lips though.....

This is my good friend Toya.  She is a doctoral student at the University of Florida.  Usually she has a serious demeanor, but this photo, I believe, she's what she truly is.  A secret optimist and fun lady, always looking ahead.

This picture is from the Jazz Age Lawn Party, held on Governor's Island during the summer.  I world summarize it as 20's cosplay and is the kind of event you would think to see black women at, but there they were, fully immersed, and enjoying the experience!

Mirland is very active in social justice concerns which reflects in her art.  Here we were chilling in Brooklyn when I pulled out my camera.  The smile is from me telling her she's beautiful; it's her shyness coming through.

This young lady is at the Milo Yiannopoulos Speaks at Rutgers University event I have in my photo albums.  She caught my eye because of the coloring in her hair.  I think it's the classiest use of purple hair I've seen, especially coupled with her natural hair.

I wish I could say this is something out of the ordinary, but this is my Ariel.  Always smiling, always happy.  It's something that you do not see mentioned much when people speak about black women.  This is my first portrait captured with my Sony a7.

Here is Principal Powell.  As the academic leader of a school, she carries a large burden daily, but always takes time to show care for her students and staff.  Here I was able to catch her fully relaxed after a rough morning.

This young woman is performing at an open mic R&B night.  She came up to the stage so unassuming and just captivated the audience completely with a stunning performance.  So diminutive and so powerful!

I adored their hair.  These young women were at the New York Greek Picnic surrounded by weaves and perms and were completely confident in themselves and their hair.

Welcome to Ms. Andrews... All sass all the time... This is her making a face at me for telling a corny joke while shooting.  She's an education administrator and is making great, positive moves in Newark for the children there.

I adore this picture.  I think the combination of the uniqueness of a black woman soccer fan (not attached to a man), and the fact that she is, in this moment, completely and absolutely comfortable in the noise that surrounds gameday at Yankee Stadium is awesome!

When I got on the train I couldn't look away. She was so upright and regal and has this very unique style and story. It was as if she leapt out from the background of the sheet metal and plastic surrounding her.