My photographic journey commenced at the age of eighteen when my father gifted me a Pentax K1000. He, a musician who once performed alongside Harry Belafonte, instilled in me the belief that “We are the songs we sing.” I’ve come to believe that I am the images I create. Photography has become my instrument for comprehending the world I inhabit, a means of introspection and self-expression. My artistic practice draws inspiration from a diverse range of luminaries, including Dawoud Bey, Hendrik Kerstens, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Bruce Jackson, Barbara Kruger, Cara Romero, and filmmaker Chris Smith.
Being a Tribal member of the Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Tribe of Chippewas, Native American issues have significantly influenced my creative path. My work began to intersect with these vital concerns in 2000 when I documented the Dann Sisters’ fight for their land and followed them to Washington, D.C., capturing their journey alongside their legal team. My passion for Native American issues also led me to law school, where I documented our debate team’s travels across the country as we competed against other Native students.
Looking ahead, I’m excited to share my upcoming projects over the next two years, each infused with my deep-rooted passion for Native American issues.
Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA