Forget about DSLR. Forget about elaborate photography studios, prestigious galleries and competitive politics of the art world.
Instead, remember the reason; know the purpose. Remember the personality, the energy, the connection to the people around us.
My vision for my community is to strengthen bonds, promote knowledge and participate in a shared experience.
Through the lens I try to look past aperture, composition, exposure and depth of field. Instead I want to share the moments that are important to us. To capture a frame that communicates something real. The human element is the most crucial part of my photography. The physical process of the camera, lens and film is only a byproduct.
Two years ago I navigated out of addiction, and into the world of nonprofit work. I spend most of my time working with youth. I work at a recovery high school in Minneapolis where I help to provide support for teens in recovery from addiction. In the evenings I help with a youth-run not-for-profit bakery in North Minneapolis that bakes healthy desserts from vegetables they grow in their own garden. During the summer I help serve the urban immigrant community by helping run a summer program for K-6 youth. Photography is not my main purpose, however I think my photos can do a lot to bridge the divide between communities with a visual statement. I would be grateful to be a part of Smiling Gecko's efforts in Cambodia.