Biography

Influenced by her own life experiences, natural curiosity, and quest for spiritual wholeness, Erica’s work aims to celebrate and advocate for the rare, the marginalized, and everything in between.

Erica’s passion for photography began in 2006 when she received her first point-and-shoot camera – a Kodak EasyShare CX7330 3.1 megapixel. Erica later upgraded to the dual-screen Samsung TL220 point-and-shoot which she used to capture sunsets and the intricate designs of the architecture in and around her city. After receiving positive feedback from her peers, Erica decided to further advance her skills and take up a photography class during her junior year of high school. She practiced on a Minolta X-370 film SLR which was given to her by her Uncle. From this point on, she was hooked.


After graduating high school and finding a job at a mental health residential facility, Erica developed an interest in human behavior. She  briefly majored in Addictions Counseling before switching to Liberal Arts at Monroe Community College. Erica then transferred to SUNY Buffalo to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary with a concentration in mental health services. Upon graduating, she was hired as a case manager at a mental health clinic where she got a first-hand glance at the inequities faced by the people in her community. Erica knew she had to raise awareness so she began tapping into a more conceptual and editorial style of photography with a project titled “Mental Illness Knows No Face.” Subsequently, Erica traveled to Cuba which further shaped and grew her awareness about impoverished neighborhoods and their effects on humanity. Erica also frequents NYC, where she finds the most comfort and inspiration buried in the borough of Brooklyn.  With every new voyage, Erica brings back with her a lesson or a piece of the places she’s visited. She hopes that these messages will translate through her imagery a call for action within her own community. 

 

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