Attended Buffalo State University for 2 years.
Graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art.
I am married and have 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter.
Growing up in the Bronx I felt a strong connection to the urban landscape that surrounded me. I made mental pictures of the street life and some of those 'shots' stay with me to this day. Many years later my fascination with street photography and urban life can be traced to these early memories.
I started taking photographs in college and I have continued to work as a photographer for the past 25 years. In that time I have had the opportunity of working with dancers, poets, writers, performers and teachers in the classroom. My photos are used on book jackets, album covers and included in group shows in Chelsea and Soho galleries. In 1995 I published a book in collaboration with my friend the poet, Elena Alexander 'Parallel Spell: 7 pictures 7 poems.' Elena and I are currently working on the second volume due out in fall 2011.
In 1999 in a collaborative work with Mary Seidman and Dancers, a selected group of my street photography and portraits were projected onto a scrim as the background to the dance project “Heart Meridians” performed at Dance Theatre Workshop at St Marks Church in NYC. My work received favorable reviews in both the NY Times and the Village Voice. Copies of reviews are available upon request.
This past summer 2 of my photos won awards in international contests with the Artrom Gallery in Rome.
I am currently exhibiting on line with the Pixiport Gallery where I have 30 works in their collection. Please visit my Galleries at the following links:
Black and white gallery
As an artist I like to play with space and dimension, using shadows, mirrors, windows ... to create landscapes or focusing on a small part of a whole to create an illusion of an intimate space. I try to capture the spirits that drift around us but never quite come into focus. The pictures I take are a mix of edgy street scenes, unconventional still lifes, playful, frenetic motion shots or evocative street portraits. I have experimented with different mediums working with acrylic paints, watercolors, metal sculpture, mixed media, as well as film and digital photography. But for me there is a kind of magic in photography -- stripping away all the distractions, transforming a moment in time into something singular and special.
Check out my website -- http://www.dajaphotography.com.