The Bronx native started shooting photos back in the late â€™80s while touring with KRS-One and BDP. His Contax 645 was a vessel that empowered the then teenager to document the world around him. â€œThe arts is what got me through life,â€ D-Nice recalls. After releasing two critically acclaimed albums in the â€™90s, a riff with his label, Jive Records, brought his rap career to an abrupt halt. It was photography that became his refuge. â€œPhotography started to mean something when the clapping stopped,â€ he admits.
While working as a Web developer on Aaliyahâ€™s posthumous album, I Care 4 U, he began to take the craft seriously. Inspired by the work of noted photographer and friend Jonathan Mannion, D-Nice armed himself with an arsenal of cameras, including a Leica, Holga, Lomo, and the Polaroid 195 Land Camera. He hasnâ€™t taken any shortcuts in his photographic education, an anomaly in this era of instant gratification. â€œI wanted other photographers to know that I respect their craft,â€ he shares. He enrolled in the International Center of Photography in New York, where he attended night classes for almost a year.