untitled, brooklyn 2014

untitled, brooklyn 2014

(Source: abstractelements.com)

untitled, brooklyn 2014

untitled, brooklyn 2014

(Source: abstractelements)

When people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice.
- Robert Frank

self-portrait, paris 2014

self-portrait, paris 2014

(Source: abstractelements)



my thoughts on the plane ride back to brooklyn

7/2/14

This was a photo trip but it’s so much more than photos. I mean yes, this whole opportunity came about because of photography. Something that I was introduced to back in college. To be honest I don’t know why I even signed up for the class. Maybe I was interested in photography but just didn’t realize it yet. But in all actually I probably thought it was an easy credit to pass the time because all I really cared about was playing basketball. Little did I know, that class would be far from easy. 

Now photography is an obsession of mine. It’s part of who I am and I can’t remember the last time I left my house without my camera. I can’t even remember the last time I left my camera in my camera bag. Seriously. Even on the way to the London Heathrow Airport I again realized it was stupid to not have my camera ready, even if I am carrying luggage. I hardly made it through two tube stops before life was saying shoot, shoot, shoot! 

I never know when life is going to pull me in such a way. I think that is the best part about it all. I went from thinking that photography has to be pre meditated to it being completely instinctual. I had not idea that was even possible. I have no idea that even lived inside of me. But it does, and oh is that feeling so alive. It’s the greatest feeling that I get over and over again. That feeling not only leads me photographically but it leads my life. That’s because now I realize everything I do is in sync and on one accord. All of this work that I’m doing is greater than me and part of my life’s purpose. 

For me, photography is a buildup of everything I am. It’s a buildup of my past experiences, relationships, friendships, visions, and how I understand and interact with the would around me. This is why I say this was a photo trip but so much more than photos. 

I’m not a photo, you’re not a photo…but instead we are all life. That understanding is the greatest of all. With that thinking I know that life is always new, and that makes the photographic exploration endless and limitless. 

Instead of saying this is what a photo is, this is what a photo looks like… I’m looking out to the world and living to figure out what a photo can be. I’m interested in learning and knowing new life, and new life exist only in the unknown. I had to let go of everything that I thought I knew in order to know this life. I had to let go in order to believe this way of living. 

This was a photo trip but so much more than photos. 

This is another chapter in the books. Another month that I lived life fearlessly, another challenge that I overcame, another story that I’m able to share with you. 


what an amazing time I had, traveling around Europe for almost a month soaking up life as it happens. one of the beautiful aspects of analog photography is that I’ll relive the entire experience when I’m back in Brooklyn processing my 115 rolls of film. now more than ever before I’m understanding that I have to follow that beat inside of my heart. that intuition that lead me into photography, that intuition lead me down random streets in Paris, and that same intuition that will to lead me to fulfill my calling in photography. Amazing things are happening and I’m so grateful for all your support in this journey. believe in who you and are what you do and the universe will conspire. #andretravelstoparis photo by @adam_rogers_

what an amazing time I had, traveling around Europe for almost a month soaking up life as it happens. one of the beautiful aspects of analog photography is that I’ll relive the entire experience when I’m back in Brooklyn processing my 115 rolls of film. now more than ever before I’m understanding that I have to follow that beat inside of my heart. that intuition that lead me into photography, that intuition lead me down random streets in Paris, and that same intuition that will to lead me to fulfill my calling in photography. Amazing things are happening and I’m so grateful for all your support in this journey. believe in who you and are what you do and the universe will conspire. #andretravelstoparis photo by @adam_rogers_

Anonymous asked:

weird question. When you travel by plane do you carry on your camera(s) or put it in your luggage? . . .(i ask cbeause that seems like a great fear of losing or damaging the equipment.)

all of my cameras and film are with me at all times.. i can go w/o clothes but i would die w/o my camera 


Anonymous asked:

as a street photographer how do u set your focus before taking the shot or do u set it a certain way so it wont waste time same with the f stop

there’s an old saying.. “f8 and be there”