In Northern California, the outdoors feel too large to be contained within a frame— the trees, mountains, and ocean envelope you in their quiet magnitude. They are challenging to fit into squares, and while I almost always prefer using my medium format camera when traveling, it was a bit limiting this time around. But of course, not so limiting as to squelch the excitement of developing and scanning film from one of the beautiful places in the country.
A ritual of mine is taking my Yashica twin lens camera with me whenever I go on trips and finding ways to fit large landscapes and small town buildings in squares. Shots below are from a recent trip out to Big Bend National Park.
This month I photographed families that are a part of the Children’s HOME Initiative (CHI), which has helped over 450 families move out of homelessness. A unique program created by the organization Foundation Communities, it offers greatly reduced rents for extremely low-income parents with young children and provides intensive on-site case management services.
The kids were so much fun to be around and their level of cuteness made my job super easy. The photos will be used by Foundation Communities for print and online materials. The families will also receive prints of their family portraits.
For their recent luncheon, my client Texans Care for Children commissioned a video to help illustrate the work they do on behalf of Texas children. Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services is a statewide program that helps children 0-3 with developmental disabilities. When the state decided to cut funds to ECI, Texans Care for Children published a report to shed a light on how the cuts negatively affect children who need these extra supports to learn how to crawl, eat, and walk on their own.
Getting to film Zoey and her mother for this project was a great reminder of why I do what I do. The assistance Zoe received from her ECI therapists made a tremendous impact on her life, and I love to document and share important truths that need attention.
With a small budget and an itch to travel and take photos, My friend Jo and I headed east during Christmas. As a photographer, I love exploring small towns and finding people, spaces, and moments that I can capture on film. Since our trip was specifically meant for photo-taking, I felt like I could linger longer or stop at places I usually would pass by. Several of these photos were taken when we decided to halt mid car drive and get out along the side of the highway to photograph a cow, or a person, or a dilapidated house. I definitely want to take the time to do trips like this throughout the year, where I can focus on honing my skills as an observer and photographer.
Since I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, I have always been a huge proponent of public transportation. I even lived in Austin for 8 1/2 years before getting a driver's license! I recently teamed up with Cap Metro as a photographer to collaborate on their Austin Collective project, which highlights the stories of public transit riders through portraits and interviews. I was really excited to be able to work on a project that combined so many of my interests— public transportation, visual storytelling, meeting new people, and exploring different parts of the city. A few photos and quotes below. The Austin Collective will be exhibiting photos from the project during East Austin Studio Tour at 507 Calles Street, and I will be participating in a panel discussion about the project in the same location on November 12, from 4-5 PM.
“I don’t think about stopping, but I know there’s going to be a time. It’s probably going to be due to injury. I expect to get hurt in a way where I really can’t recover well enough to play again. I’m going to hate it. I just like the competition and the game itself. So I’ll be very unhappy. But I’ve got the gym. I can continue going to the gym and getting exercise that way. But it’ll be a sad day.” - Abe
“I have children. They’re my world and everything I do is for them. I’ve had employment to where I had to catch the bus two hours to work, two hours home. It wasn’t a good paying job, but I had to do it. My children are my biggest job. Just to better myself in any area.” - Jason
“I’m sort of a pessimistic optimist. Things are going to get bad in the next twenty or thirty years, but at some point we’re going to be able to turn it around. Once we have more solar panels, we change our lifestyles, and we use less resources. I think we can do it.” - Pedro
“I was at an emoji-themed birthday party and they wanted the poop emoji all over their face. The whole face as a poop emoji. They made that decision and I was like, ‘alright, we can do that. I mean, your parents might be upset with me later on, but it was you that picked this.’ They loved it. I gave them glitter and everything. They were happy.” - Ruth
“I specifically want to work in gene therapy. You see a gene and it’s messed up, and because it’s messed up it’s causing some kind of neurological or biological problem. If you can go in and fix the gene somehow, then the problem is solved. I think if we could do that for Alzheimer’s or Huntington’s or other degenerative diseases then that would be the best thing.” - Victoria
“I started taking the bus and trying to ride my bike and do all that after five years of commuting to Texas State. I was just driving so much and I could tell it was negatively affecting my life. Being stressed out on the road, not having time to do things I needed to for school or for work. Just spending lots of times on the road and feeling frustrated because I was just driving so much.” - Sarah Beth
I just wrapped up a video I collaborated on with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and peer support specialists from the Austin State Hospital. This has been one of my favorite projects thus far— the clients were wonderful to work with, I was able to explore new-to-me video techniques, and the subject of mental health and sharing your story is one that is crucial and inspiring. Check out the video below!
When I heard Donald Trump was coming to Austin, I knew I had to go. I was curious to meet people who like the presidential nominee and ask them one question— why do you support him? Photos and responses below.
"I have grandchildren. A good country must have a military man. It must have a commander in chief." - Marcos
"I don't believe in politicians. Politics has never changed my life in any significant way. But Trump said what do African Americans have to lose by voting for him. And he's absolutely right."
"Trump has a lot of the same values as me. And my husband is a small business owner and I think he could help him." Annette, Ashleigh (quote from her) and Rebecca
"Trump isn't a politician so he's not going to put up with any of their shit." Tim
"Trump is the best candidate that has ever run." Ariel
"I'm a Republican." Art
"Trump is a complete departure from everything going on. I want a totally new effort." Beth
I recently took photos of Lydia and Marlena Jarjoura at one of my favorite spots in Austin. I stumbled upon the jungle-like oasis during EAST one year, and like to return to it regularly when I take walks.
Lydia is the owner of Lunar Nourishment, which offers women moon cycle and self-care guidance so they may live healthier lives. Below are a few photos from the shoot.
Slack Capital is a compilation put out by Austin Townhall Records that features twenty local bands. It was really fun collaborating on the CD art design and using my photos in this new way. All proceeds of Slack Capital will be donated to Anthropos Arts, a local non-profit organization which provides music lessons and musical instruments to at-risk youth. You can buy the album here and get involved with the nonprofit at anthroposarts.org. A great project to work on and the album is worth a listen!
This spring, I was awarded an Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough grant from the Dallas Museum of Art for my East Austin church series. What a wonderful surprise! I'm excited to continue and finish this project with the help of the museum. It's been a really important part of my growth as a photographer over the past several years, and the award is a much-welcomed motivation to keep at it. Click here to see the rest of the photo series and hopefully I'll be adding much more in the near future.
I recently had the privilege of photographing Brooke Binstock, owner of Open Circle Healing. Her new business offers a full package of services to help lead clients on a path to a healthy, self-compassionate way of being. She is an acclaimed yoga instructor, massage therapist, and health coach who knows firsthand how difficult, yet rewarding, being kind to ourselves can be—her own experiences help guide her work as she nurtures and heals others. Below are a few of the images from our shoot together. She will use the photographs for online and print materials.
Spredfast, a social marketing company, hired me during SXSW to photograph a video shoot they were doing with Brian Nunnery, Social Media Manager at National Instruments. It was a really fun shoot—below are a few takes from the day.
I am currently working on a project for Youth Count Texas! an initiative to do a statewide count of youth experiencing homelessness and housing instability. Using the data collected from surveys and these photo portraits of youth, participating organizations hope to advocate for necessary funds to help this vulnerable population. Below are a few photos taken during a trip to Houston. Shot with a Yashica Mat 124G using Kodak Portra 120 film and a Canon AE-1 using Kodak Portra 35mm film.
I'm showing some new work during the East Austin Studio Tour this weekend, alongside some wonderful Austin artists. We're located at Satellite Studios, 1109 Shady Lane. Below are some new images of mine that you can come and see in the flesh Saturday and Sunday from 10-6. And on Saturday we're having a party with beer, brisket, and bunnies!
Though I've lived in Texas for almost a decade, I still feel like an outsider looking in, and the images I'm exhibiting are a slice of that continuous exploration of what looks and feels unfamiliar.
I recently got to shoot photos for Bunglo, an Austin, TX based design studio + brand focused on eclectic, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind fabric patterns and art inspired by nature, mid-century architecture and adventures. The owner, Shay Spaniola, is a good friend of mine and one of the most talented, driven, and positive people I know! Shot on a Nikon D300.
These are sample pages from a zine my friend and I worked on called Bug Tussle. We recently showed the zine at the New South Festival. Bug Tussle is about a ghost town that was invaded by a locust-like insect. We still have copies if you'd like to purchase one ($10!) Contact us at email@example.com for more info.
I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time in Playa del Carmen and Tulum with my amiga Maya. I went snorkeling and experienced white sands/turquoise seas for the first time. All images shot on a Canon AE-1 with 35mm film.
I'll be showing work this year for EAST at Satellite Studios on 1109 Shady Lane. If you're in town, come check it out! Below is one print I'll be showing & selling this year taken at Big Bend National Park.