My art is meant to tell a story of life’s experiences. Incorporating images and metaphors, I use the medium of photography to create visual poetry. My main focus is combining abstract and street photography through the use of layers, paying close attention to angles and reflections to manipulate, while also being open to the art of the scene as it occurs. This allows me to travel between the realms of surrealism and reality.

Equally important to photography is my passion for helping others. My background working with atrisk youth and the homeless has provided me with the perspective that giving back is my ultimate goal in life.

Combining my two interests, I created J.T. Liss Photography For Social Change, which uses photography to raise awareness and provide monetary aid to organizations that are creating positive social change. If a new thought can enter the mind, even for the briefest of moments, then change has a chance.


I have lived in East Harlem since I moved to NYC 6 years ago. Harlem turned me into the artist I am today. Walking around the various neighborhoods, exploring while listening to music, I began to see in frames and I wanted to capture them. Harlem inspired me to become my dream.

My work is very much connected to Harlem in two ways. First, many of the photos taken and merged to create my style of art come from East Harlem and Harlem. Photos—from people in El Barrio in the piece “Life,” to a vintage Oldsmobile on 142 & Edgecombe in “Fear and Loathing” show that Harlem is always in my sights and on my mind. The second connection to Harlem is in the energy of my photos. The vibrant colors and images help portray the liveliness I feel uptown more than anywhere else in Manhattan. There is a truth in Harlem that I respect and greatly appreciate, and I love presenting that truth and sharing it with others.