occasionally i will photograph someone that is not exactly bonac but for good reason feel that they are a part of the greater (a)Bonac tapestry. most people who grow up on the east end feel that after high school they need to move away in order to “prove themselves”. even though it is incredibly difficult to survive in an area with such a high cost of living, most of us have been conditioned to believe that to stay here is to have given up any sort of big aspiration, that to start something here is almost a joke. our greatest resource is unfortunately our biggest export- the intelligent and the talented. there are those who have not only stayed here to make a name for themselves, but have managed to reach an audience far beyond this small community, as trip patterson (who i went to high school with) has done through his southampton gallery. i feel that it is important to show locals of my generation- the young, the talented, and the generally amazing- who have proved that you don’t have to leave town in order to be successful. there are a number of us who have done so and it is important to give credit to those who have flourished in such a challenging environment.