Journey

I've been on a bit of a photography hiatus after a recent move to San Diego, CA (yes, I drove across the country) and transition back to school - cramming my head with theories about conflict analysis, economic development (turns out economics is waayyy more difficult to understand than I ever imagined) and human rights law. 

There are few things in life that make me happier and feel more like myself than picking up my camera, listening to stories, and capturing expressions of people when they recount the definitive turning points of their lives - the moments and events that have made them who they are. So, when the Indianapolis Public Library tasked me to create a large scale photo installation focusing on the journeys of migrants, immigrants, and refugees in Indianapolis, I thought my heart was going to jump out of my chest. 

I still can't believe that I have the great honor to work as a photographer; to meet so many incredibly beautiful people and listen to their stories of pain and triumph and how they have made their way through this unpredictable life and remain so optimistic.

Below are a few of the recent images captured for this body of work. 

Magdalena is from the former Yugoslavia. 

Magdalena is from the former Yugoslavia. 

Patricia is from Mexico.

Patricia is from Mexico.

Cathy and Marina are from Italy.

Cathy and Marina are from Italy.

Biak, Mary, Cherry, Hyung, Sui, and Elli are from Burma.

Biak, Mary, Cherry, Hyung, Sui, and Elli are from Burma.

Cherry.

Cherry.

Ploi is from the Philippines. 

Ploi is from the Philippines.