Category Archives: Major Projects


Every inch of the stage in the Student Union was crowded with the performers and instruments of the 40-student Stony Brook Live jazz ensemble. They filled the giant theater with sound, energy and the sheer force of their performance for an audience of seven people.

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Cheerleading: dangers of the sport

At schools like Stony Brook, during the football and basketball seasons, most parents, coaches and fans are focused on the players, and their safety. However, not many of them are aware that there is a sport that is more dangerous – cheerleading. Continue reading Cheerleading: dangers of the sport

Bonelle Pastry Shop; The Sweet Tooth of Forest Hills, Queens

On the corner of Ascan Boulevard and Austin Street, sits Bonelle Pastry Shop, a staple of Forest Hills, Queens for the last 23 years. In between the bustling, four-way intersection of brisk-walking New Yorkers and car horns, the smell of fresh baked goods greets customers as they walk through the doorway, a comforting aroma in these cold winter months.

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Designer Cutting Boards, LLC.

When Patrick Corrigan cut and designed a cutting board for his son’s girlfriend two years ago, he had no idea that that was his first step into the cutting board business.

“I love working with the wood; I love cutting the boards,” he said. “I just love every part of it.”

In December 2012, Corrigan, of Hicksville, NY, sealed the deal by making a dozen boards for his son to give to people in his apartment building for Christmas.

“It started out first as a hobby and then it quickly became a part-time business,” he said.

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Ana Sanchez, Ceramic Artist at Stony Brook University’s Craft Center

Ana Sanchez has been an instructor at Stony Brook University’s Craft Center for two years, teaching students and Long Island residents the skills to make pottery pieces. Sanchez was originally born in Brooklyn, but has traveled to many countries across Europe studying her craft, and now lives on Long Island.

I was put in touch with Ana by members of the Craft Center. I had to get approval from the Art department to shoot, and needed to find a teacher willing to let me photograph her class. Ana was a great subject, and lived a very interesting life fully dedicated to artistic endeavors. Her class also welcomed me with open arms.

I had difficulty adjusting to the light in the room for whatever reason. As a result, some of the photos had a lot of grain in them, which is difficult to remove, even in Photoshop. I enjoyed learning something I had never known about in the process of doing this piece, and I like Ana’s passion and dedication to teaching.

I rolled around on the dusty ground, and was definitely a little dirty after the shoot. My nose was a little stuffy too. Clay residue is not pleasant. But overall I enjoyed doing the piece. The only hangup was that there was not much usable natural sound, because the pottery wheel did not sound clear on the audio recorder, and there was not much else to use besides Ana’s voice.