The Journey

My paternal great-grandparents, who were legal U.S. residents, emigrated back to their native México during the Great Depression. Their son, my Abuelo (grandfather) who was born in San Antonio, became a U.S. immigrant to México at seventeen. Time passed and fate would again intervene when my father, a chronic asthmatic learned of a place where he could live […]

My Shōjo Heart

Shōjo manga (girls’ comics) has been seminal to the genre as a whole and especially formative for Japanese girls’ culture throughout the postwar era. Shōjo Heart is a metaphor from Shōjo manga. It means people’s feelings and thoughts straight from the heart. Currently, there are more and more Chinese students who come to the US […]

Place of the Deer

Place of the Deer is an ongoing photographic exploration of the Central Arizona Highlands, a land surprisingly similar to my home in the Southern Appalachian portion of Tennessee. Also known as the Arizona Transition Zone the central highlands transition from the lower, Saguaro saturated, Sonoran Desert to the dense Ponderosa Pine forests just north of […]

Wherever You Go, There You Are

I was placed in this life with the mother I have, and that’s the way it is. Shortly after my family and I moved to the Phoenix area in the early 2000’s, my mother was in a horrific car crash. Through a very difficult recovery, she picked up a drug habit that lead to my […]

The Talk. Photography

The following images are the result of a photographic collaboration between my three year old son and myself. Miles selects a curated edit of his own photographs; then in response, I select photographs of my own from my own library. The back and forth discussion of his photographs informs my decisions. I want to know […]

SHOT

A couple of years ago, my mother explained that she had begun to carry a handgun for self-protection. Guns had never been a presence in our family, so I wondered why my 61-year-old mom would resort to such an action. No personal prior incident had occurred to cause her to carry. I was shocked, angry, […]