Photography

Women Farmers of Appalachia exhibit Summer 2017 with Joe Mrava

I was lucky to call southwest Virginia, a small pocket in Appalachia, my home for almost four years. My friend Joe and I were inspired by the women we saw at our local farmers market, especially since they didn't fit with the image of farming that we saw in the media. We set out to document the lives of five women farmers, a project that took almost a year to complete. All images were shot on 35mm and 120mm film.

 

At the conclusion of the project we hosted a crowdfunding campaign and raised over $2,000, surpassing our goal. The funds enabled us to make archival-quality prints at the ambitiously large size of 6' tall for our exhibition. The photos were exhibited for two weeks in a gallery space above a local farm-to-table restaurant and were seen by over a thousand visitors, including the farmers themselves. And we were in the Sunday paper!

Drew Doggett Photography internship Fall 2015

I began working for Drew Doggett in the summer of 2015 and was asked to travel with him in the fall to create a series celebrating the centennial of the National Park System. I spent a month researching and planning the trip. We then embarked on a 14,000 mile road trip along the western United States. For two months we lived out of an Airstream, hiked every day, and ate an excessive number of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My job was to travel along with Drew and shoot behind-the-scenes photos documenting this ambitious project.

 

The series was released in Spring 2016 and has garnered attention in the press. My role in the project was published in Issue Four of Intern Magazine. I have continued to work for Drew remotely working on strategy, service design, web design, and graphic design.

Human Activated Architecture

Spring 2015 with Luisa Lacsamana

"Conditions that relate to the human, where there is a direct relationship between the body and space, giving the inhabitant control over what is created, is Human Activated Architecture. The human becomes the structure for the fabric to rest on. The fabric is dependent on the human and the structure is dependent on the fabric to create volume."

 

Excerpt from essay by Catherine Ives for Studio Collective Volume III.

New Delhi, India street photography Winter 2015

In January of 2015 I was lucky enough to spend the month in New Delhi by staying with one of my best friends who grew up there. I practiced my street photography, drank a lot of chai, and learned a few curse words in Hindi.

Choreographing Design Fall 2014 with Luisa Lacsamana

The photos of dancers in this series correspond to the following photo, drawing parallels between the dancer's bodies and the architecture.

 

"Each dancer’s movement contributes to the design and by effect, coordinating subtlety becomes crucial. If one dancer in a performance or one part of a product performs incorrectly, the product as a whole fails. In order to effectively acquaint audience and consumer to their creation, choreographers and designers alike must decisively particularize connections between the individual parts."

 

Excerpt from essay by Megan Myklegard and Kevin Garcia for Studio Collective Volume II.

New York City street photography ongoing

Whenever I find myself in New York I can't help but bring my camera with me. This is a collection of street photography I've created over the years.

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