I am interested in the diversity of human experiences. A silent photograph has the power to speak loudly, evoking emotions that connect us as humans, despite the physical and psychological borders that are often constructed around our daily experiences.
Photography is a tool I use to document and expose the relationship between people and environments. In studying these photos, one can see the roots of cultural diversity in environmental diversity. Local environments, including forests and oceans, protect the cultural traditions and languages of the people who reside in them.
As local environments become increasingly affected by the pressures of globalization, it is my hope that by documenting genuine relationships between local people and natural resources; a farmer preparing soil for planting, a fisherman pulling in nets, a community celebrating a planting season, the sweat of a vendor selling vegetables in the afternoon sun; something inside of our hearts will be reawakened as we remember what it means to be human.