A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home Buried between the high-rises of downtown Phoenix, its Capitol, and freeway system, lies a neighborhood caught in a vortex of time. Immigrants make up a majority of the residents taking up residence in homes that time forgot. Local family owned businesses, mainly mechanic shops, used tire shops, and barber shops […]

You Went, To Become

Home differs for every individual. However, each family bases the construction of a home on a foundation of care and love for one another. In this way, our homes have more commonality than differences despite their varying residents and physical separation. The images that comprise this body of work are from two families who have […]

Observer First

It started in Brazil, as I watched my sister dance salsa. There were no traces of Portuguese; just pure eye-contact, body cues, and a different type of connection between Astrid and the Carioca. I wish someone would have taken my picture in that moment, 6 years ago, when I was captivated by the communication between […]

With Each Passing Day

“God, grant me the serenity – to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”   I was put in this life with the mother I have, and that’s the way it is. My parents were both addicts. I spent my childhood in […]

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 […]

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 […]

ORDINARY TRAGEDY

Nearly every day, stories of shocking violence and crime are featured in the back pages of the newspaper.  A terrible event relegated to a less important section;  anonymous crimes that deserve mention but are not front-page worthy.  Some tragedies, like the Baseline Killer murders and the assassination of reporter Don Bolles, become the focus of […]

RUSH

The Pink Panther, The Plex, Hotel California, Gains Palace, The Fortress, Frat Castle, The Frateau, The Gent, The Empire, The Igloo. These are the names given to the houses that now hold the proud members of Arizona State University’s Fraternities. They reside in places like master-leased apartment complexes, a former motel, and multiple houses that […]

PAVED PARADISE

“Big Yellow Taxi” or “They Paved Paradise and Put in a Parking Lot” They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone They paved paradise And put up […]

Between Land and Sky: Miami-Globe

In December of my first semester as a photography MFA student at ASU, I drove into Globe, after dark, with a failed alternator. I was met, repeatedly, with unusual generosity. This led me to begin a series of portraits and landscapes in Miami-Globe, northeast of Phoenix. Miami and Globe were built on mineral wealth; silver, […]