My photography expresses compassion and connection among people who are ill. By examining such hardships experienced within my family and community, I utilize photography as a visual language that helps others tell their painful stories.  Further, I provide a narrative expressing the tension between beauty and pain. I am inspired to capture emotion to provide an intimate account of the universally understood but ignored image of aging. Through photography, I want to challenge perceptions of beauty, and embrace the conflict of life’s beauty and decay. Handle with Care is a series about my mother’s private journey of illness made public.

If you’ve never experienced turmoil in your life, can you have empathy toward another in need, toward another fighting a disease such as cancer? My work encapsulates the processes in life that we may or may not ignore. It promotes a sense of self, advocating for others, and re-examining what’s important in life.