Telling a story is of upmost importance to me; maybe it’s because I trained as an illustrator and documentarian or maybe I chose that route because I love to tell stories! Now that phones have such good cameras in them, I always have a camera with me, so when something catches my eye, I’m prepared!
I am drawn to interesting shapes in nature, old buildings and the discarded objects of our lives. I love the textures created by age and weather. There is something calming that draws me to these structures. Perhaps my affinity for old things comes from growing older myself!
Since I always have a camera with me, many series come about rather serendipitously like Faces in Nature. Studies show that walking in the woods reduces blood pressure and promotes wellbeing. After many months of walking my dogs through the forests, I began to understand why folk lore and fairy tales often portrayed tress anthropomorphically! I see faces everywhere; the trees have become my friends and I photograph them frequently as I watch them change. I have used these images to illustrate the secret life of trees, combining scientific facts with the faces I see.
My series are short documentaries that cover a wide spectrum from the NC State Fair and the NC Farmers’ Market to Opposites, featuring feral kittens I fostered, and The Adventures of Myrtle and Maude, two wooden dolls I adore. My largest project, The Fire Dance, is a compilation of work, narrating the origin of flamenco in southern Spain through research and a wonderful road trip through Andalusia.