I have not been as active behind a camera these past few months as I would like and need to be. I have been pushing myself in other areas of my life and making plans for my future-- I have just applied to The University of Texas at Austin's Moody for a bachelors in journalism. I haven't always been passionate about my education. I hated the trapped and suffocating high school years, and when I entered college I just felt discouraged when life events and extracurricular circumstances I couldn't pass up kept interrupting my college experience. I gave up a few times, either by letting my grades plummet or dropping out entirely.
I do not regret the past five years and how I've spent them venturing into adulthood. I am so grateful that I didn't feel that burn for a formal education, that I didn't leap into a four year university with no clue, plan, or insight into what I really want to offer the world.I've gained lifetimes of experience these past few years, thanks in large part to the support of my friends, family and even strangers of my photographic vision, allowing me to explore and, cliche as it sounds, but really-- find my voice and my vision both through the photographic image and through its impact.
Given my poor academic track record, I am nervous about my chances of admission, but I am excited regardless. If not this year, then next.
With that excitement, I'm delighted to say that a return trip to San Salvador, El Salvador has been crowdfunded! I plan to return in May, with a graciously offered place to stay as well as transportation. My intention with this trip is to really tie together my images with insight into the home and daily lives of children and their families affected by congenital anomalies and poverty, and how the two factors intertwine. No more ORs, no more hospitals, if I can help it. Just family and their stories.
If you are interested in contributing, the kickstarter campaign still has a few days left. The more funding I receive the more creative I can be in this process. THE OUTSIDE CHILDREN KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN.