After High School, broke and passionate, Alex enrolled in College as computer science major (like most lost souls during the internet boom) and grabbed a summer job in music business. Needless to say, he never looked back. Not because of the perks of NYC music scene or long hours of hard work or underpaying boss, but thanks to characters he came across and the stories they had to share.
Very soon Alex realized he would make a better circus monkey than a programmer. He continued to work closely with musicians and always snap photos on anything within reach (at that time, a $5 camera from a drug store was the weapon of choice), until one day, when a musician friend asked him to photograph his intimate solo performance. By then, Alex was armed with camera on his free-with-contract flip phone, and thrilled that the camera was always near by.
Since then, Alex spent most of his time traveling the world, and the stories and people he came across helped shape his once beloved hobby into a dedicated pursuit of story and character capture. Today, he is joined by his wife Katie and baby boy Mika, while he resides in NYC working on fashion, travel and personal photography projects.
Through photographs we pick little pieces of reality which we choose to share with the world. We're surrounded by everyday beauty as well as complex dramas. A photograph empowers me to share my perspective, whether it's generally considered ordinary, everyday or exotic and new to the eye. It gives me a choice to ignore our often bias decisions to select material to photograph, such as pretty people or previously unknown places. To every event there is a secondhand event, just as worthy of capture. There are millions of stories, and for the tales to remain interesting, they have to differ from each other. Just as our lives.
In "Transit" series, the story (as described on the front page of series) of the region on my travel route captured my attention. I chose to shoot from the train, simply because the perspective is not to be intimate, the point was not to act as if you're sharing the street or any common space with the subjects. On the contrary, I'm a passerby, only glancing on reality of others, witnessing their drama, but not living it. The story is not about a single character, hence no clear face shots or personal confrontations. As a photographer, I had to stay out of the way to keep the purity of the situation, without altering reality due to my presence.
"Coney Dreams" show the same old Coney Island in almost surreal, imaginary light. It's always been a favorite location for the photographer to contemplate and attracts like minded individuals from vastly mixed neighborhood. The captured persons seem to share this dream-like ambience with photographer, enjoying the moment just as others would enjoy a beautiful, sunny day.