A lifelong Bay Area resident, I discovered my interest in photography through my cycling team, who’s team manager meticulously documented our races throughout the year. I began to help him photograph the races, and began shooting in the streets while studying abroad at a public high school in Lille, France. My interest in politics led me to photograph important events in our town, including the release of toxic fumes from a Valero refinery, and a student-led protest against cuts in high school arts funding.
I spent the first year of my bachelor’s degree at Emerson College, where I studied journalism with a focus on politics. In addition to multimedia reporting done for class, I worked as a photojournalist for the student paper and traveled to Colombia. In Colombia, I worked with Mobility Movilidad to prepare video documentation for the government petitions of internally-displaced people living in informal communities near Medellin.
It was at Emerson College that I took my first art history class, and was formally introduced to the art world. I knew that I wanted to add my voice to the conversation and began working on my first project, American Theatre. Living out of blue Ford Transit, I traveled across the United States, documenting the condition of historical theaters in each city I visited. In various states of disrepair, the theaters are the legacy of a golden age in American entertainment culture. Since transferring to MassArt, my work continues to revolve around politics and power. I am currently hard at work on my second book, Lavender, a reflection on my anxiety stemming from my own growing awareness of the overwhelming power of government over our private lives.