I am an award winning multimedia storyteller currently based in Austin, Texas. My work seeks to establish points of connection while challenging viewers to look beyond stereotypical assumptions. Born in Detroit, Michigan, I earned a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. In 2011, I received the Fulbright-Nehru India Research Fellowship to do a series focusing on the lives of women taking charge of their own finances via micro-loans in rural districts of West Bengal; the project was exhibited throughout Kolkata. In 2013, my work “Changing Tides in Key West”, a documentary on the diverse and contradictory lifestyles found on the island, culminated in a solo exhibition at Studios of Key West, and selected pieces were exhibited at Art Basel Miami. In 2016 I was the recipient of PDN’s Best Student Photo award and the Kuala Lumpur International Portrait Award. In 2017 I received a Masters in New Media Photojournalism from Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Recent projects include “All That Breaks,” a series that follows Xhosa women in Cape Town, South Africa as they leave sex work to build new lives, and “Rebel Pride,” examining the American attachment to the confederate flag as a flashpoint of controversy and symbol of identity. “Your Way Back to Me” is my newest and most personal endeavor, the product of a two-year collaboration with my girlfriend Hannah Sheridan to film her journey home as a veteran and Two-Spirit person in an attempt to reconnect with her Native American roots after the death of her father and grandmother. The film is currently traveling the festival circuit and will be screened at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in spring of 2018.
Over the last 10 years I’ve had the privilege of working internationally in over 20 countries, but as I’ve evolved emotionally I have gained a better understanding of work that needs to be developed in my own country and of the people I’m closest to. When I begin to sculpt a story I’m most interested in creating a safe space for collaboration where the subjects can express how they would like to be perceived. My work’s aesthetic possesses an organic intimacy achieved through conversation and mutual confiding, and is heavily reliant on developing awareness and access. I believe asking questions regarding motivation and personal connections to a place or person is essential in creating meaningful storytelling.