HERE IS A MINI NOVEL ABOUT ME
Moment by moment I am overwhelmed that I have the gift of sight. What a joy to witness the purple hues bleed into one another in the painted morning sky or the creases bordering my mother's eyes deepen as the years go on. I am captivated with the story of life carried by each individual while seeing similar themes in all. The ability to deeply feel, love, learn and relate is created by the thread of simply being human. I want to capture the story of humanity occurring around me from multiple different vantage points revealing that divine common thread shared.
After a few months of chores and a whopping 20 dollars saved, I finally had enough money to purchase my first portable cd player. Lime green and inserted with music gold, NYSNC’s “No Strings Attached’ album, I could not have been more elated. It was the summer going into second grade and my little self was as taken aback. I still resonate with that moment, constantly taken aback by my surroundings. In the evenings, I would take the cd player with me onto the top of our fort that towered over the field that looks to me like wheat and gaze at the transforming sky. I would sit and then pace on the wooden fort waiting until the fire flies would begin to dance while each one of the twelve tracks of my only album enhanced the beauty of the moment.
The tiny town of Warroad Minnesota was my sibling and I’s canvas for escapades growing up. We took childhood seriously, imagining, adventuring, gaining plenty of scars and even more noteworthy memories. I am utterly thankful for my family and for the moments of brokenness, and I tell you, there is brokenness, but it has ultimately made us stronger individually and as a unit.
The Journey// The Why
I have had the opportunity to study in Hawaii and abroad in South Sudan learning in depth about current action being taken against human trafficking, poverty, violence and war. I studied past examples in history and applying that knowledge to understand ways to respond to oppression across the nations and in my own community. My time abroad helped cultivate a deeper passion for justice and was combined with my passion for photography and storytelling. I strive to integrate my passion for life and people with the powerful tool of my camera. That time abroad birthed a fervor to get a degree in Photojournalism with a focus in Arabic and Youth and Education Leadership at the University of Minnesota. From the U of M, working at the MN Daily, and interning at the Startribune and now located in the Las Vegas valley working at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. I am eager to see how my story continues to unfold.