We (My parents and my grandmother included) relocated to a fairly quiet area of the Bronx when I was about 12 years old. Due to the circumstances at the time with my parents living in a small apartment, I was given the option of moving into an apartment in this building with my grandmother. One of the benefits was having my own room as an adolescent which included a sorrowful series of ongoing interests that varied month by month. I attempted to learn to play drums though I was rejected by most of the building tenants and neighbors. I eventually encountered an elderly neighbor who disliked the sound of the drums enough to constantly notify the building management. Nevertheless it was here where I began to discover the existence of music and developed a more serious interest in photography.
I dwelled in this space throughout high school and college, and more than likely constantly challenged my grandmother's patience with loud music, drums, eccentric friends, unusual attempts at "interior decoration."
My first cameras were an 8mm Keystone and a great big box containing a tiny Kodak Brownie "Holiday Flash" and all the equipment necessary for lighting and film development. I recall jumping for joy when I viewed my first self-processed image including fingerprints, dust marks, and faded grey edges! The joy of my chemical darkroom work had begun!