I was born and raised 5 minutes outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. I went to a high school that didn't really focus on the arts. Being turned into left brainer, I went to the University of New Orleans for mass communications. All this time I was working in a restaurant for steady income.
Through the monotony of a 9 to 5 and a commuter school, I started to lose my imagination and positive outlook on life. I felt as if my life would never change and I would be destined to dwell in this lackluster purgatory until I perish.
That all changed August 29, 2005. Hurricane Katrina wrecked the city I hold so dear to my heart. My friends were displaced, my school was underwater, and my girlfriend informed me that she was pregnant. As the Fresh Prince put it, "My life got flipped, turned upside down"
Luckily, I live in a city that doesn't back down from a good challenge. New Orleans came back stronger than ever. The music filled the air once again and our culture never suffered a moment. Unfortunately, there were a few spots that were never brought back to their original state.
Six Flags New Orleans, otherwise know as Jazzland, had been left to rot. Questions arose..."Who owned it?", "What was going to happen to it?", "Why won't anyone fix it?"
Flash forward to Christmas 2010. My mother gave me a hand me down Nikon D90 as a present. She knew I enjoyed photography and wanted me to enjoy a new hobby. With this newfound interest, I rushed to learn my new camera! But what would I photograph first? Jazzland! It was perfect, I really enjoyed photos of old, abandoned places and it gave me an excuse to trespass.
A few of my friends saw the photographs and said they were really good. "You should try to do this", they said. I had never thought of an art as a main source of income, but why the hell not? But the breaking and entering of urban exploration photography left me worried Johnny Law might not like that career. Then I realized should just photograph one of my favorite things in life, concerts!
I wanted to do this! Working in a restaurant for a decade had worn away at my soul. I couldn't take much more of it. And what was I teaching my son? You can work hard, graduate college, and still work a dead end job that leaves you unfulfilled at the end of the day?
No! I was going to Pursue my passion. And so I did. I practiced almost everyday I could for 3 years until starting Lazyeye Photography as a full time in 2013!
So I'd like to welcome you to my photographic journey. I'd love it if you could be a part of the joy I have every day I go to "work". I will try to make every session my best one yet! I will perform as if my livelihood depends on it, because it does!