Wednesday, July 8, 2015

I'm moving

Howdy!! I'll be updating my blog from here on out directly through my website. Check me out there, if you want to see my news and photo updates.

Here is the link:

Quindío, Colombia

View at Valle de Cocora, a protected part since the 80s.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Beauty is the start of all the fires

I moved to Naples after a photography position was offered to me at the Naples Daily News and three years later all these meaningful experiences happened. It's an amazing realization that those things happened because of journalism and being open to somewhere new. I left my job last month and it's those meaningful things that I take with me. 

I'm grateful for the people that gave me access to document their lives, for the reporters and photographers at the paper who gave me their time and for my growth. 

I've been based in Bogota, Colombia for about a week. I like the strangeness of knowing that in due time what's around me will be familiar. All the possibility. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

M to F

"I want to be who I wish I want to be. I mean. Not wish I want to be; what I am." 

Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 12, is a male to female transgender. She left her former name, Dante, behind last school year and started the sixth grade in August 2014 with the name she feels represents who she is. Sensing the challenges that lie ahead, her mom, Christina Mays worried about the transition at first. But after educating herself on the high rate of suicides involving transgender people, she decided to do what she could to facilitate her daughter's wishes. 

On her 12th birthday, as her family reminded her to make a wish before blowing out her candles she repeated, "every day, my wises come true." 

Below are the pdfs of what the story looked like in print. A special thank you to the ever talented Kristine Gill for writing this story. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Laundry day

Jacqueline Chanquet props up her niece, Asani, 2, so she can get a better look out the window while doing laundry, earlier today. They live in low-income housing at George Washington Carver Apartments in a neighborhood called River Park. Chanquet's lived there for 25 years. 

In the 1960s, River Park was where the black population could buy property in Naples. Back then, it was on the outskirts of town. Now, River Park is in the center of the city, which means the property values have skyrocketed. A proposed sale of the apartments is a recurring issue. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

In the peppermint wind

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black//and the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow//we shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow
and watch where the chalk-white arrows go//to the place where the sidewalk ends.

From, Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Just 2 Guyz

There's a corny video on youtube about two dudes who just need themselves to have a good time. Couldn't help but dial back to the video while looking at Chris and Max at their desk while selling rugs today.

In case you're interested to watch the video.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

50 Chevy

Naples residents watch an over 50 softball league tournament at a field coined "Field of Dreams."

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

After we're gone

"Long after we're gone, nature will still be here," Stan Pasko. Bonita Springs Nature Place, Jan. 7.