I am not sure how to sum up my story, though I know this is the section where I am supposed to tell you all about myself. I am avid people watcher and storyteller, I love capturing the moments that others might miss, and I am more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. I also hate writing my own biography- but here we are, ha!
I started taking photo classes when I was in high school. I learned with an old manual film camera and some rolls of black and white film. Working with film in a dark room taught me about the elegance and simplicity of photos and photo processing. While I now mostly shoot digital, I try to stick to the simplicity of those darkroom techniques. I want to keep the integrity of the image and I want the images to speak for themselves. I continued taking photography classes in community college and went on to get a BA in creative writing, philosophy, and photography from Goddard College in Vermont. I received a Masters in Media Psychology and Social Change a few years ago from Fielding University.
Photo-documentary is my passion. For the past decade, I have traveled across the country photographing historic mental institutions and documenting the history of mental illness in the U.S. This project, The Empty Places, is a labor of love and only made possible through fundraising and donations. While I slowly continue to work on The Empty Places project, I enjoy being able to use my background in storytelling and documentary photography to capture special moments and share stories.
It would be my pleasure to help capture and tell your story.