I remember going downtown to B&H photo to buy my first digital camera when I was a freshman in college. It was this bulky silver thing that took 2MP photos, a number that now seems almost unbelieveable. But that camera turned me into a photographer. I shot and shot, limited only by my memory card. I loved editing them afterwards, scanning through the hundreds of photos, in search of those small moments where people are revealed: a friend frozen in the middle of a guttural laugh or the stranger still and pensive, looking dead into the camera.
Now, I have graduated to an even bulkier but much more powerful Canon 5D Mark ii. My favorite lens is my well-beaten 50mm f/1.4. But it is still people—ones I know and ones I don't—that I love photographing the most. I have shot for private companies, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations. My photos have appeared with my journalistic work in The Guardian and at SFGate. Recently National Geographic Kids licensed one of my photos for a book they will be publishing—so officially I can now call myself a National Geographic photographer, right?
Below are some photos from a return trip to Cuba in 2007 (I lived there for six months in 2001). They were part of a gallery show that ran in San Francisco for two months.