As a victim of a violent childhood that included being abducted and raped when I was only 9 years old, I know I’m lucky to be alive. Right after my attack – when I returned home and none of the 5 adults in my living situation noticed I was in shock – I remember picking up an old Instamatic camera shortly thereafter.
I was immediately drawn to expressing my emotions through my photography. I remain so grateful that the New York City school system offered me a spot at the High School of Art & Design, where I immersed myself in my craft.
However, I found it very hard to concentrate at times because of my family’s dysfunction that had me embroiled in my forced adoption, with the adults in my life indulging in excessive substance abuse.
I remember being frightened all the time – frightened of my attacker who threatened he’d track me and, worse, frightened of the people I lived with who were supposed to be keeping me safe.
Thank God I had a camera and a continuing desire to capture images that helped me express the range of emotions I needed to express in a safe environment. Sure, it annoyed me to have to my work graded and critiqued constantly. But, I found ways to satisfy my educational requirements while still photographing just for me and my wounded psyche.
Photography has remained my best friend throughout my life – a passion I can still rely on to soothe me or inspire me, whatever the case may be. These days, I can also count on my collaboration with USA Today newspaper’s website – which features their Your Take section showcasing Photographers like me.
Here’s my most recent visual portfolio; highlighting some of my best work. I’d love to know which images speak to you and would grateful for your support. It is my sincerest wish that you, too, have found a passion in your life that sustains you. NEWYORICANGIRL