An exchange of ideas enables us to have compassion and understanding, anger and disbelief, all influences in affecting change. My photographs provide a portal outside of ourselves that encourages conversation. They are a representation of people's lives and circumstances acting as a catalyst for thought, feeling and action when paired with the life experiences of the viewer.
I was raised in rural North Carolina and have had the privilege of living in six cities, including Mumbai, India and Sydney, Australia. I appreciate the uniqueness in each of us and value taking time to understand and connect with one another. It is this connection between people that is my inspiration. My collaborative approach builds trust with individuals I photograph and community partners.
Telling people's stories through the spaces they inhabit provides a visual framework for the narrative and empowers those I photograph to share their stories with me. Through observations and engagement, I internalize their stories and that becomes an emotional vehicle informing the decisions I make for my photographs. It is inherent in my practice, photographing people where they are with the resulting images revealing their innermost lives and often challenging existing and persisting perceptions.