Between Dances: Ballroom Dance in Detroit After Covid

Detroit was one of the first epicenters of covid in the US, and older African Americans were among the hardest hit of the city's residents. This was devastating to the city's large community of ballroom dancers, who had worked to preserve a style of Black dance from the city's heyday at the center of American pop culture. I documented the community's efforts to rebuild in 2021 as Detroit reopened from lockdown. This series was featured in The Washington Post Magazine and recognized with a Feature Shoot Emerging Photography Award

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Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York, 2020.

My COVID New York

I moved to Brooklyn just before New York City became the center of the United State's COVID outbreak in the spring of 2020. My main contact with the outside world during that time was by walking the streets with my camera. This is a personal documentary of life inside the outbreak.

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Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 2020.

Independence Day, Brooklyn 2020

After months of COVID lockdown and against the backdrop of Black Lives Matter protests, many Brooklyn residents celebrated the Fourth of July with massive guerrilla fireworks shows, and they were beautiful. 

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Bangkok, Thailand, 2013.


Travel defined my thirties; it was also the decade in which I became a photographer. The images in this collection, shot in more than 20 countries, attempt to capture the feelings of wonder and dislocation of that period.
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