In March, 2016 I went as a faculty advisor for College for Creative Studies student artists to Haiti, to both teach art lessons to Haitian children and to share ideas with Haitian artists. It was an incredible experience to be in such a deeply depressed country where so many have nothing, yet to also see how even in those circumstances love, friendship, and kindness are universal.
Teens: Summer in Maine
Above All, Faith
I met Cubbie by chance, when she called me to shoot a pregnancy portrait for a family whose baby had a condition that made it unable to sustain life. Through that very emotional experience, we developed a strong friendship. Cubbie is a deeply religious Catholic who, with her husband, runs a daycare in her home for special needs children and young adults. She also founded a charity called Isaiah's Promise, which provides emotional support and advice to women who choose to carry to term a baby that is not viable. When I met her she was recovering from breast cancer. Soon after that she was diagnosed with Stage 4 ovarian cancer. How does a woman of such strong religious faith come to terms with her diagnosis? Where does she turn when nothing makes sense and she isn't finding comfort in her faith? She is one of the most amazing women I have ever met. Sadly, Cubbie passed away in the Fall of 2015. But her charity continues, in her name.
I am fortunate to have a family, immediate and extended, who allow me to photograph them at (almost) all times. There are so many different types of families; through mine I am exploring belonging, identity, familial ties, and how we relate to each other and the world. This is part of a continuing long-term project.