Born on March 14, 1979 in a New York City hospital, I grew up in Brooklyn, New York: Coney Island and Sea Gate. My house was on the water in Brooklyn and I could watch the Hudson river flow out underneath the Verrazano bridge to the sea. That was my childhood: visions of a cold beach with dirty water. My mother and family would all spend the summers at our family summer home in northern New Jersey/Longbranch. That house was also on the water which gave me another kind of beach as a playground. I would spend every day fishing swimming riding my boogie and exploring the beach with my brother George and cousins Henry, Jessica and Melissa, inspired and guided by our parents to explore the ocean and all its treasures and magic. Nature was my teacher and I learned to be one with the earth. That was my childhood, and that is what I continually do throughout my life and through the lens. I’m still on the beach, exploring, discovering… I’ve never left. I don’t really see myself ever leaving the beach….
(Photo: Chile © Nicola Lugo)