Long Summer Days

Children today are over scheduled, delegated, and monitored to the point where that playing with other children has to be scheduled and booked in weeks in advance. Their free time is spent immersed in movies, video games, tablets, and other electronics. Girls are held to a different standard than boys and bombarded with stereotypes, social rules, and expectations.
This photo essay titled “Long Summer Days” follows my daughter's journey through childhood as she struggles with the boredom of living as a single child in a small urban community, and in a small home, where we largely choose a device free lifestyle for her. These images include subtle undertones and rich metaphors that disrupts the stereotypes of girls, while highlighting Haley's delightfully unselfconscious strength, independence, defiance, and playfulness.
She is at an age where she is developing her strong personality and it is a culmination of all these elements which I am capturing and documenting.

5 Stages of Grief

Grief is often a very personal experience. While some people seek support from those close to them, others can hold these emotions in and not show the outside world what they are feeling on the inside. This small project depicts a visual reference of the depths of feelings one holds in during times of hardship or loss. These images show the clouded bubble shielding the true details of those who are struggling to deal with their emotions and a small gimps of the individual behind the barrier who struggles from within trying to escape and overcome.

Two Brothers (On Going)

This is an ongoing series that I have been working on for a year or so now. I am expecting to release part of it sometime in 2018 or 2019.
     This series is following my Father and Uncle (half brothers) that immigrated from Germany as children with my grandmother after WW2. My family history in Europe is complex and mysterious, filled with stories of riches to rags, honor and hate, death, treason, as well as the secret gift of life.
     Working on this project brings complex problems that I have been trying to find answers to; yet, the one with all of the true answers, my grandmother, passed away when I was a teenager.
     This project follows my father and uncle's current relationship, while I investigate the facts and stories of the past.