Five Days at Home

Between Aarhus and Tulsa, I was lucky to spend five days at home with my family in Eastern Kentucky. Like everyone, my family is complicated. I have two younger, biological sisters, one who just graduated middle school and one who is getting married in September. My mom and stepdad are in the process of adopting my little brothers, who have have lived with us for more than three years. My dad and his wife live on a horse farm in the same town. 

I love being home. In college I'd make the six hour trip as often as I could. My mom and I make coffee late at night and my brothers keep me busy with scavenger hunts and art projects. I love being a daughter and a sister and who I am in this place. 

Photos taken on iPhone

 

DMJX Final Project

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For my final project at DMJX, I made a story about Tine, a soldier in the Danish military. I have always been curious about what motivates women to do military service and I really connected with Tine's experience: she chose to join after a career as a makeup artist and enjoys the responsibility of being a leader. She loves taking care of the men she commands, she says, whether it's while leading drills or encouraging a more healthy lifestyle.

For the first time, I shot the project entirely on medium format and loved its slow process. I'm leaving DMJX feeling full of inspiration and ready to create work at my internship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

DMJX Video Workshop

I got the opportunity to work with my classmate Anna-Tia Buss to produce this short documentary about Nora Bittar Søburg and how she has created a home. Many thanks to the Bombay Flying Club for their help in this video workshop at DMJX!

DMJX magazine

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My class at DMJX under the theme "transitions." I photographed and wrote about Daniela, a Columbian expat living in Aarhus, and her struggle to raise children with strong Columbian roots in Scandinavia. 

see our magazine here

 

#metoo

I've been working on a portrait series about the #metoo movement for my picture stories class. I wanted my portraits to be opposite of the anonymity that often comes with the accounts of sexual assault in the news. At first, I tried this with tight portraits, but tried to maintain the intimacy with various distances. Eventually, I added text to make the project more collaborative and let the voice of the women pictured dictate the visual account of their experience. The project is ongoing, but can be seen as is here.

Here are the outtakes:

april: miss black western

 Miss Black Western originated 46 years ago, when Black women were not allowed to participate in the university's homecoming event. Now, it brings empowerment and community to Black women in an educational environment where African American students account for less than 10% of the population. The project can be viewed here.

january: family

The first time I felt the value of a photograph was when looking through the countless photo albums my mom carefully collected and kept safely in the top of her closet. The photos themselves are not special due to technicality, but by the feelings they captured. My own effort to document life in this place and others can be traced back to those books.

Here is a small collection of photos I have taken over the past few weeks in my Eastern Kentucky home, in an effort to capture members of my family with intention and authenticity.