It's apparent that I love details and close-ups in life. That's what I notice most of the time. The collages and photography that I've created over the years are proof of this. I photograph unique details found in urban landscapes. The images I discover are found on the sidewalks that we walk on daily and that otherwise go unnoticed. The images I draw or photograph are abstract interpretations of the micro-reality that surrounds us all.
It was in November 2003 when I walked on a sidewalk in my hometown Hollywood, California and took my first abstract picture of a curb detail. Soon after that I found myself consumed by the desire to find more and more of these curious sidewalk appearances. From the very begging, I decided not to use Photoshop effects and artificial lighting in my sidewalk close-up photography. In many cases I had to return to the same spot over and over again to take the same photograph, at different times of the day, because I strived to get the best possible natural light for my photographs.
My creative process is quite persistent. When I first notice an unusual detail, I take a photograph of it. I then open the image on my computer screen and decide if it should stay as a photograph or become a paper collage. Physically playing with pieces of paper, my x-acto knife and ink, further helps me to decide whether my detail will stay as a photograph or be my inspiration for a collage.
The original photo-conception of the 5 photo series seen on this website were officially copyrighted in 2005 at the Copyright Department at the National Library of US Congress.