New Jersey is my muse, but we have an open relationship.
I have now lived in New Jersey for twenty years; enough time to know the place without losing perspective. The subject matter that I am most drawn to is this US state and all its mysteries. I seek out the mundane, aging places that people pass by every day without really seeing, for it is in these resilient relics that the true character of our state resides. I aim to illuminate the strength & beauty of these places with my camera.
My images are authentic, capturing the cultural artifacts that together deﬁne our collective vision of this peculiar, marvelous, and most American of places.
These photographs go beyond the highways and interchanges to the backstreets of Jersey: Highway 9, Route 22, Tenth Avenue – places that hold on tenuously, evoking thoughts of Raymond Carver & John Cheever, Edward Hopper & Andrew Wyeth, and the lyrics of our poet laureate, Bruce Springsteen. There’s a little Nucky Thompson and Tony Soprano in there, too.