Specializing in Faith & Religion
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Mead, Animal Blessings, and Durga Puja

25 October 2015 - 

Recently, for the OSU Religious Soundmap Project, I’ve been documenting spiritual/religious occasions at several different Columbus sites. The first, surprisingly, is my friend Mark’s kitchen. As an American practitioner of Asatru – a Germanic neo-pagan faith rooted in ancient European beliefs and customs – Mark occasionally brews mead, which is… Continue reading  

A Surprisingly Peaceful Protest

20 October 2015 - 

The other week, the director of the Religious Soundmap Project alerted me about the “Global Rally for Humanity,” a series of anti-Islam protests scheduled to take place outside of mosques nationwide. After discussion with fellow researchers, I decided to document the protest planned for Oct. 10 outside of the Noor… Continue reading  

Autumn Update

03 October 2015 - 

It’s been a busy and fulfilling couple of months! I moved to Columbus, Ohio, in August, where I’ve gradually been settling in and getting connected to the local community. I recently started volunteering for US Together, a refugee resettlement agency that helps the city’s ever-growing refugee population transition to life… Continue reading  

Eid Mubarak

23 July 2015 - 

Last Friday marked the conclusion of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and reflection for Muslims around the world. Over the course of the month, an Ohio State Ph.D. student and I visited several Columbus mosques, including the Noor Islamic Cultural Center (NICC) and the Masjid Omar Ibn El-Khattab, the… Continue reading  

Recent Work

13 July 2015 - 

Welcome to my redesigned website! A lot has happened in recent months. I recently wrapped up a contract photography position with Ohio University Communications and Marketing. I also wrapped up another great year with the Athens Photographic Project (APP), a non-profit organization that advances mental health recovery through the arts.… Continue reading  

A Look at Faith-Based Education

20 June 2014 - 

Earlier this summer, I had the privilege of returning to Faith Builders, a small Anabaptist college near Meadville, Pennsylvania. I’d visited once before in March, when several VisCom students and I participated in “The Story Next Door,” a multimedia workshop focused on documenting the Meadville community. When I visited Faith… Continue reading  

The Story Next Door

13 March 2014 - 

Last week was Spring Break, and I spent part of mine helping out with a photojournalism workshop and conference at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., along with several other VisCom students. The workshop/conference, called “The Story Next Door,” involved going out into the community for an entire day and documenting… Continue reading  

Something Like Nostalgia

08 January 2014 - 

During my recent trip home to Southern California, I revisited some of the places I used to love going to as a child, including Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino Mountains, and Calico Ghost Town, an old silver mining area-turned tourist trap just outside of Barstow. While these places had… Continue reading  

The Wonders of the Salton Sea

01 January 2014 - 

Every time I come back to California, I try to make a trip out to the Salton Sea, an accidental desert lake that has become increasingly toxic as a result of agricultural runoff. This winter marked my third trip to the area. The Sea is a place full of natural… Continue reading  

New Spirit Magazine: Christian Outreach in Ohio

28 December 2013 - 

This past semester at OU, I took “Magazine,” the capstone course in the graduate photojournalism curriculum. In this course, all of my classmates and I got to create our own magazines – from start to finish. The intensive process included several weeks of research/pre-production and a 10-day shoot period, followed… Continue reading  

Portraits of Exotic Animal Owners

14 September 2013 - 

My work in different cultural and religious communities over the years has introduced me to many interesting, wonderful people. I recently realized, however, that I seldom take their portraits. While I haven’t consciously avoided portrait photography, I do think there is something about it – about the direct, intimate connection… Continue reading  

Cheshire, By Boat

25 August 2013 - 

During my first year in Ohio, I stumbled across the town of Cheshire, located along the Ohio River. Actually, it would probably be more accurate to say I stumbled upon the Gavin and Kyger Creek Power Plants, which tower over Cheshire and the few homes that remain there after a… Continue reading