1. Where did the title Gay Arms come from?
I was taking photos of our two dogs in Tompkins Square Park, and a crazy person started harassing me. He was yelling things like, "Taking pictures with your queer eyes and your gay arms..." I was trying to think of a name for my photo exhibit and I decided Gay Arms was perfect.
2. You describe your process as a means of understanding. How does photography as a medium lend itself to this process?
When I look at a slew of photos I've taken, patterns emerge, and I'm sometimes surprised. The photos help me to understand how I take in the world visually. For example, when I was looking through photos for this show, a lot of the photos dealt with people being thrashed about by wind. Who knows what that's about, but it starts me down a road.
3. This series captures subjects from your life in a documentary fashion--could you elaborate on how you choose your subjects?
I let subjects come to me. When I go out and try to force it, I'm usually not happy with the outcome. I'd rather just go out and have a camera with me – then that "click" happens, when I chance upon something and become a bit obsessed, and that's it for me.
4. What’s your favorite work in the show?
My favorite work changes. Right now I like the photo I took of a pigeon standing on a salted sidewalk. It's very simple, but it's an intense bird.
5. What was the last good book you read?
The last good book I read was The Passion, by Jeanette Winterson
6. What does working at La MaMa mean to you?
La MaMa has a great supportive family feeling. It doesn't feel like a business trying to sell you something, but a place that's really passionate about the arts. I feel incredibly lucky to be involved with La MaMa!