Thesis Masters Project for the University of Missouri / Postville, IA / May 2008 - Dec. 2009 / Project published in News Photographer Magazine (Jan 2010)
My thesis documents a family split apart after the largest single-site immigration raid in American history at Agriprocessors Inc. meatpacking plant in Postville, IA. The story began on May 12, 2008 - the day before I left Missouri for my summer internship at The Des Moines Register.
During the following year and a half, I spent time photographing the Lopez family. Their mother had been deported during the raid. This is their story.
Chair Yoga / Stuyvesant Town / NYC / Nov. 2010 - Jan. 2011
Every Thursday a group of older people gather for chair yoga in Stuyvesant Town. Many of them say the class has changed their lives. They have each have distinctive faces, stories and grace. These portraits were captured after and during class from Nov. 2010 to Jan. 2011.
The 60th Missouri Photo Workshop / St. James, Mo. / Sept. 2008
'When I got to the water I was sinking lower and lower I thought I'd drown but somehow I could breath I opened my eyes I was back to the top of the water everything was weird I was in an alternate dimension then I swam back down and I was home I think.' - Micheal Duckworh's journal entry in his Writer's Notebook at school
Sierra Williams and Micheal Duckworth live with their mother Samatha Stevenson and her fiancé DeWayne Foston Sr. along Route BB in St. James, Missouri. As siblings, Sierra and Micheal share daily life and look out for one another. Under one roof, brother and sister grow as individuals and grow closer together.
Micheal and Sierra turned this old chicken coop into a clubhouse and started the "M&S Club" where they play together. They spray painted their names and other decorations on the walls. Micheal says he climbs up onto the roof everyday.