I am a freelance photographer and multimedia producer in Austin, Tx. A regular day could have me shooting pictures, producing a video project, editing multimedia or planning long-term projects. I...
A story that I have been working on for 9 years is running today in Texas Monthly. As a freelance photographer who specializes in long-from storytelling, I often feel like the images I make will never see the light of day. This month, though has been uplifting. NPR published a 2-year-long project on a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City and now this.
This story, currently running on NPR.org, is a short exerpt from a project that I have been working on for over two years. With thousands of more images and countless stories on individual families, I am still working on a broader edit. Feedback is welcome.
I covered the funeral of Capt. Robert Russell Barnett, KIA in Vietnam, for the San Antonio Express-News. Barnett's Air Force plane was shot down by Laotian and North Vietnamese fighters on April 7, 1966 and his body could not recovered at that time. In coordination with The National League of POW/MIA Families, his remains were identified and 51 years later, he received full military honors during his funeral at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, TX on Friday, April 7, 2017.
Each year I make a track to south Texas to continue work on a project about bloodless bullfighting. I love returning to a place that often feels like home. It is also one of the few stories that my kids get to go and watch mom work.
Here, Karla Santoya, a novillera from Mexico, prepares for her fight with her mother and father.
Who knew that wind energy was a boom industry in west texas? I surely did not before photographing a story for The Guardian. I visited the small Texas town of Sweetwater over eight years ago while photographing the Rattle Snake Round-up -- an event that draws huge crowds, eager to see the snakes upclose. Now, people are moving back to the area to work with wind. You can read the article by Tom Darthere.
I went out again with the Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City, Okla. this past week for the annual Point-In-Time count of the homeless population. While most of the count is based on a line-count from the shelters, volunteers and outreach workers scour the city to find the unsheltered.
In a abandoned warehouse we found Benita and Bernie sleeping in a make-shift shelter. It was cold, hovering around 25 degrees, but they did not mind filling out a survey on needs and sitting for a portrait.
I met Sgt. Michael Turk in 2008 while working on my thesis for graduate school in Austin, Texas. At that time, he worked as a recruiter for the Army National Guard and was part of a military program that focused on recruiting native speakers from the Middle East region. In exchange for service, these recruits would get a fast track to citizenship. I could never drum up much interest in this story, but I still think that it is important.
Here, Sgt. Turk, a new citizen, walks away from his first time voting in a U.S. election in 2008.
I am early voting in Texas today and thinking about the issues that are so important in this election. If you are in the position to vote, please go and do it.
In 2008 I covered the Minute Men along the Texas border with Mexico as part of a longer election series for Kyodo News. This image reminds me that no matter how extreme our political season becomes and how off-topic our candidates spin the conversation, there are real people that will live with our collective choice. Go Vote.
It seems like every few years technology changes or I need a larger external drive for file storage. It is a great opportunity to look at photos that have gotten lost along the way. This is from a charreada in 2008 in Texas.
A family from Positive Tomorrows moves into their new home. What I perceived to be as an exciting moment in a child's life, can in fact be a stressful situation. For many of the kids coming from the City Rescue Mission, mom -- or dad-- have been living with very strict guidlines for almost a year. Getting a new home can also mean the family slipping back into the cycle of homelessness.
For the last few months, I have followed Anastasia and her family. While living at the City Rescue Mission with her family, she and her brother went to school at Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City, Okla. Her mom recently secured permament housing and transitioned the kids back into public school.
This image is from an ongoing project I am working on in Oklahoma City looking at the impact of homelessness on education. I am spending time photographing at Possitive Tomorrows, a private school in OKC that serves homeless kids.
As part of an ongoing project in the Oklahoma City area dealing with homelessness, I photographed the Point in Time count for the The Homeless Alliance in OKC, OKlahoma. All communities receiving funding from HUD, the United States Department for Housing and Urban Development, are required to conduct a Point in Time Count each year the last ten days in January. In order to do this, volunteers and outreach workers decend on known homeless camps and other areas with a known homeless population starting at 4am.
I love seeing work that I have shot a second time around. In 2013 I photographed a body farm in Huntsville, Tx for NPR. The researchers wanting to find out if detectives could use microbes to solve murders. The research was promising and the most recent study shows that in fact they can. You can read the whole story (and see more images) here.
On the first day of school, Positive Tomorrows, a private school in Oklahoma City for homeless children, makes sure that every kid has a backpack filled with school supplies. Here, a child asks Amy Brewer, the Vice Principal, how she knew he was going to be at school and that he needed a backpack.
For the last few months I have been working on a personal project on Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in Oklahoma City. Last week I made family portraits at the family Thanksgiving Lunch.
I am finally starting work on a project that I have wanted to do for years, looking at the interplay of poverty and education in the United States. I will be following students and families from a school for homeless children in OKC. When I visited this last week, the kids at camp wanted their portraits made with the masked they were working on.
My goal is to use different communites around the U.S. to see how the education system is dealing with struggling communites stuck in the cycle of poverty. Historically, education is seen as the great equaliizer, but is there equal access to education? I hope to find out.