In May 2014 I completed a Masters in Photojournalism at the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in Athens, OH, where I was the Photojournalism Fellow for The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
As a visual journalist my goal is to document and communicate the staggering diversity of the human experience. I strongly believe in the power of both words and images to connect and foster mutual understanding between people.
Throughout my travels, I've become fascinated by the phenomenon of place-identity, or how the understanding of oneself can be rooted in environments, both physical and social. I'm particularly interested in creating visual essays that explore what happens when one's place-identity is disrupted by globalization. Symptoms often include immigration, displacement, industrialization, and an expansion of both people and ideas around the world. Most of my projects, including Soy Dominicana, Resettling New Orleans, and Ravenswood have explored these themes.
In the summer of 2013 I worked in the Dominican Republic as a Photographer Guide for Rustic Pathways, a youth travel company. While working for Rustic, I spent time in the sugar cane communities learning about the conditions of statelessness and discrimination of Haitians living in the DR, resulting in the ongoing project, Soy Dominicana.
Before moving to Ohio for graduate school, I lived in Chicago for three years, splitting time between event photography and community photojournalism for Brown Line Media. I was actively involved with exhibitions and outreach at the Chicago Photography Center, where we taught photography as a tool of expression and empowerment to clients of a nearby homeless shelter.
My early professional experiences include interning at Pace MacGill gallery (NYC), working as a professional photo lab and darkroom technician (Baltimore & NYC), executive assistant at ALM, a legal media publishing company (NYC), English professor at Guangzhou University in China, and volunteer with the micro-financing NGO, Fonkoze in Haiti.
I also hold a BA in Visual Arts/Photography from Fordham University - Lincoln Center in New York City, and have studied abroad at Griffith University's Queensland College of Art, in Brisbane, Australia.