Growing up in rural Central New York, Chris promptly moved to NYC right out of high school and later earned his BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase. After doing a 4-year stint enlisted in the US Navy, he attended The School of Visual Arts...
Focus:Photographer, Photojournalist, Videographer, Politics, Video Editor, Documentary, Multimedia, Photo Editor, Photography, Arts & Culture, Humanitarian, Impact, Assignments
Skills:Digital Printing, Infrared Photography, Audio Recording, Photo Assisting, Color Correction, Film Scanning, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Book Layout/Design, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Photojournalism, Retouching, Video Editing, Visual Effects, Film Processing, Film Photography
During the final year of my U.S. Naval enlistment in 2015, I went on my first and only deployment aboard the USS Stennis aircraft carriers out of San Diego CA. While my rating and responsibilities were based in avionics, I managed during my off hours to wander around and photograph daily ship life during my time aboard. I found that having a camera on my person allowed me access to different work centers and people on the ship who likely assumed I was a Mass Communications Specialist (MC) taking photos for Navy Times or other military media. I never lied about my rating, but never bothered to correct anyone either. While the work is a few years old now, it marked my first exploration of documentary photography which would later become my primary focus and interest in image-making and storytelling. Two months after the deployment ended, my Navy contract ended and I began a Master's program at The School of Visual Arts MFA Photo, Video, and Related Media program. I applied using images from this early body of work which I still cherish from my time at sea.