I grew up in Washington Height during a time when comics were 35-50 cents; everyone had their "Special Move" when break dancing & Dragons Lair was the BEST game of all time! At a young age I was surrounded by so many creative folks. It was part of my everyday life to create something unique as a way of embracing what others were doing around me.
It is cliche to say "I always knew this would be my life", so I will not say that. To be honest I had no idea what I wanted to do besides draw comic book characters, play video games and play sports. However, I did have an attraction to cameras due to my father and his college hobby. I may have broken a camera by accident; or exposed a roll of film or two but that was part of my growth (he probably didn't know that until now).
Each time I have a camera with me I want to capture those moments that can be looked upon years later and you will say "Wow I remember that time, that moment and the feeling it gave me". To me that is one of the main components of creating art, which is to evoke some kind of emotion. Each day my main desire is to continue to grow as an artist and still keep my waistline relatively manageable.