Through a random meeting at the local bus station in Ouarzazate, I came to know Abdoul and his crew. They lived in the back of a small store near the town's center plaza. As I spent the next three weeks living with them in and out of the desert, I was introduced to their creative methods of adapting to these new invisible boundaries.
Accustomed to being free of travel, nomadic tribes are now restricted from international border crossing by politics. Animosity between the Moroccan and Algerian governments has lead to stricter regulations on trans-Saharan travelers, causing age old routes between oases to be impeded. However, these Saharans have discovered a method to resume their way of life by using tourism as a vehicle to move freely throughout the desert.
Behind the camera I am able to document the beauty and pain of life. I've followed many stories that have been both heart-warming and tear-jerking and can change between those states within instants of each other. Capturing this intense and courageous symphony is my constant inspiration. My love affair with photography began as a teenager in Santa Fe. Directly after high school, I interned in commercial photography in Phoenix, Arizona and then in documentary television with the Surabhi Network in Mumbai, India. After traveling and photographing Asia for a half year, I returned to the U.S. and continued to pursue life behind the lens. I've always used the camera as a tool to explore my interests in the human condition and civil rights. Over the last year and a half, I've been based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I hold a BUS degree in photojournalism, pre-med, Spanish, sustainabilities and dance. In the last five years I have shot documentary stories in Cuba, Morocco, Mexico, New York, Boston, Guatemala, Croatia, New Mexico, Spain and more.
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