Growing up, my fondest memories involve family. My grandfather, though a nascent photographer, had his camera in tow wherever he went. He'd get his endless rolls of film developed from our family trips to Trinidad which always filled me with excitement: we would see palm trees, my favorite cousins, and other frozen memories. My mother instilled a deep love for the arts in me at a young age, we would take the train into the city from Queens to visit museums and see Broadway shows. I remember looking at each piece of art as an opportunity to jump into a different world. Paired together, my love for the arts ballooned as I got older.
As a child I aspired to be the female Hype Williams, I appreciated his eye for the unorthodox and how he shaped hip hop video art in the 90s. A failed video project in my junior year of high school brought those dreams of directing Busta Rhymes and Jay-Z to a screeching halt. It was then that I looked to my grandfather's images and decided to give photography a shot. I figured, "it's already in my blood, why not pursue it?" From that day, I've continued hitting my shutter to the sounds of the big apple I live in.
Photography has taught me a lot about myself and the world around me. It's one thing to be in the moment, but another to pull out the photographs and talk about those moments. Photographs help put you back in that place: you remember the weather, endless smiles, and importantly, how it made you feel. That's why photography found me; I have a penchant for photographing people and places to remember the moment forever. Photography has given me the opportunity to create my own worlds and give me the same feelings I had as a child. My grandfather always said, "if you have a passion for what you do, it's never work." I'd like to share my passion with the world, changing everyone's worldview the way that art changed mine.