I was born and raised in New York City. He is a self-taught photographer. A former U.S. diplomat, I hold a B.A. from NYU in Individualized Studies, M.Phil from the University of Oxford in Classical Archaeology, and J.D. from Brooklyn Law School. In my work, I attempt to build a world where the waking and dream worlds collide and where primordial myths come alive. Much like the cave painters of pre-history and Zen artists, I seek to express truths that are inexpressible in words and are not captured by logic. I am always interested in collaborations and am also available for behind-the-scenes work for film and television productions. You can see more of my work on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/derekelly22/.