Thomas Giarraffa started his photo career when he was just a child. Born and raised in Staten Island, he began shooting when he was accepted into Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted and Talented. Giarraffa makes photographs of all kinds, from surreal environmental portraits to captivating commercial work. His personal works consist of cinematic productions — telling nostalgic tales from stories heard and experienced in his personal past.