What do you hold close? Where is your secret place of belonging? If you had to leave everything behind and begin again – who would you be? As the world around us is unravelling, have we stopped dreaming of another?
I currently work as a visual journalist for my hometown paper, The Cincinnati Enquirer in Ohio.
I am a graduate of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. During my college career, I interned at The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wisconsin and National Public Radio in Washington D.C. After graduating, I sought every available opportunity to see the world. I led 30 teenagers through Masaai markets on slaughter day, taught photography classes in the colorful markets of Jodhpur and built water tanks in the shadow of Kilimanjaro. I returned to Ohio to explore the 52 neighborhoods of my hometown.
I want to understand people. How they think, feel and move through the world. Each experience whether in my backyard or thousands of miles away has taught me something about humanity. I am honored every day that people trust me and open their lives to me. Each story I have worked on has shaped me as a photographer and human. Over the past three years, I have focused on stories about the transgender community, Syrian refugees, sexual assault on college campuses and the heroin epidemic.
My work has been recognized by organizations, like World Press Photo, National Press Photographers Association, Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Ohio News Photographer Association and Associated Press. I also participated in the Eddie Adams Workshop in Jeffersonville, New York in 2015.