It’s more than luck when a new hobby leads to an assignment. (Full disclosure: I’d also been commissioned to make a desk and entryway table for the offices of Garden Acupuncture, a Brooklyn acupuncturist).

I was working out of Makeville Studio, a wood-shop in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, when a fellow woodworker and I struck up a conversation about an article he was writing for Woodcraft Magazine. It needed photos to go along with the story. So I reached out to the magazine’s Creative Director, and a few weeks later I setup lights in the shop and was documenting Phil Gautreau transform – through a process called turning – raw blocks of wood into bowls. His bowls, as you can see in the story’s photos and through the above link to Phil’s website, are beautiful and the shots came out pretty great too.

Checkout the first spread of the feature below and here’s a link to the entire story on Woodcraft Magazine’s website.




Beauty in the Mist

A gloomy haze hovered through the Pennsylvania countryside and swallowed the hills and mountains in its milky froth. Fallow fields, glassy roads, a church’s jagged spire and surrounding cemetery blinked in and out of view as the downtrodden clouds brushed … Continued

An Extra Hand in East Harlem

Since its founding in 1958 by the Little Sisters of the Assumption, LSA Family Health Services has woven itself into the fabric of upper Manhattan through providing food, clothing, healthcare, education and social services. A few months back, I spent a … Continued

Surviving Syria (before ISIS)

The thud of a little girl’s head bouncing off the car’s hood was the wake up call that maybe I shouldn’t be in Syria. Years before civil war and ISIS ravaged the country, I took a risk visiting Syria, where … Continued

Helping Hands in East Harlem

I recently shot photos for LSA Family Health Services, a non-profit in New York City working to improve the lives of East Harlem’s underprivileged residents. Since its founding in 1958 by the Little Sisters of the Assumption, the organization has woven … Continued

Deep in the Florida Blues: Part 2

Outside of the Bradfordville Blues Club, flames dance as the fire pit crackles under the inky night’s twinkling stars. Revelers stand around the hot-tub sized blaze, sipping on beers and cocktails while relishing the fried chicken and catfish and French … Continued

Deep in the Florida Blues: Part 1

Deep in the Florida countryside, where moss-choked oak trees slump under the weight of time and chirping crickets echo through the night, the history of blues music lives on. Every weekend, the Bradfordville Blues Club (also known as CC’s) rekindles … Continued

Kathmandu, Before The World Shook – Part 2

Kathmandu’s low-slung buildings weren’t built to withstand the jockeying of a trembling earth. Often constructed of brick and mortar while ignoring already weak building codes, the city’s structures were no match for Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake. News of the Nepali devastation … Continued

Kathmandu, Before the World Shook – Part 1

As Nepal reels under the 7.8-magnitude earthquake and its subsequent aftershocks, I couldn’t help but flashback to the days I spent exploring Kathmandu’s rutted, dusty streets. The pictures of destruction starkly contrast the images I captured of hardscrabble, but thriving … Continued

Guess Who Won NYPA’s Picture Story of the Year?

I received great news today! A photo essay I shot celebrating labor (day) and Red Hook businesses won the New York Press Association’s Division 2 Picture Story of the Year. From the NYPA judges: The photos here told great stories. … Continued