When did you start taking photos?
When I was 8. I borrowed my Dad’s Brownie. Later I “borrowed” my brother’s 35mm. I only recently gave it back.
Where are you from originally?
Boston area, but my family moved to Yonkers when I was an infant so I claim dual citizenship – New Englander and New Yorker.
What did you do in your former life?
I worked in video networking for Merrill Lynch and before that I was in video production and post production. I studied literature and communications in school with lots of broadcast classes.
When did you start photographing professionally?
In 2007. Prior to that I photographed events part time.
What do you most enjoy photographing?
Tough call. I enjoy finding the unusual, the missed, the not so obvious patterns in my subjects.
How is it working with clients?
In my event and portrait work I need to give the client what they want, but I also give them my view of their world. How much depends on the client.
And working just for your pleasure?
In my art I have freedom in the what and how.
What are the most challenging photos to take?
Ones that are in my head, but that I haven’t worked out the how.
A recent trip to Yellowstone. How do I take a photograph that doesn’t look like every other image out there? I just kept my eyes open and tried to really “see” what was there.
I love living in Maplewood because?
The sense of community. People come out and help each other. Be it during Sandy’s aftermath or to help a sick neighbor, all you have to do is ask. And the arts. We have a sick amount of talent in Maplewood and South Orange from artists, dancers, authors to filmmakers, singers and actors. Never a dull moment.
Check out Joy’s work here. Thanks Joy.