I am a social worker and a fine art photographer. I studied photography at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, as well as at the International Center of Photography in New York City.
Though at first, my images may seem "pretty" or "gritty", "linear" or "colorful", they are also very much grounded in a narrative framework that has evolved over time.
I was first drawn to documentary photography in college as a way for me to understand people and their stories. I liked very much the power of still images edited together to form a narrative piece without the use of words and narration. It felt raw and real to me in a way that essays and short stories fell short.
When I transitioned to larger format landscape photography, I found myself - surprisingly so - equally interested in understanding the story of place as a way of capturing identity, even though I wasn't photographing people anymore. I think there's a really interesting interplay and exchange and influence between "identity of place" and "identity of people", and taking a closer look at the context of place and people has become a way for me to make better sense of the world.
My work lives in private and corporate collections throughout the US. I have also exhibited at Filtro Foto Gallery in Miami as a featured artist for Art Basel and Art Miami; West Two Gallery in London; Davis Waldron Gallery in Atlanta; and Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston, SC.
I grew up in Beaufort, South Carolina, a beautiful, old, coastal town in the lowcountry. Though I wholeheartedly identify as a Brooklynite now, I will always consider myself a small town southerner at heart.
That identity runs deep.