With a background in journalism, my work documents the power of human connection. I find obscurities in the everyday and power in adversity. My camera allows me to learn others' stories and explore what it means to live in our world today. I capture people in their natural setting, without any artificial light, to illuminate the individuals as they are. My work interacts with the viewer through macro shots, hidden moments and portraitures highlighting the details of our personhood.
Veins, Spring 2017
Sharing stories is a form of healing.
These stories shape us, but do not necessarily define us. They are the basis of human connection.
We are often able to withstand profound amounts of stress as well as physical and emotional pain. My work showcases six individuals who have undergone such experiences. Their separate accounts are connected through a stream of interview audio clips, as if they are sharing their stories with one another. The combination of visual and audio elements invites the viewer to enter the intimate spaces of each person. The stories then become a part of the immediate environment, challenging the viewer to listen amongst the distractions and to reflect on what runs throughout each us.
Veins was showcased in the "Visions" Exhibition at the Park Gallery from May 4 - 6th, 2017. The work was projected on a 6 by 9 foot screen.
1 Corinthians 11: 28-30
ITHACA, NY - December 2016 - Senior Pastor Kirianne Weaver, 36, has been surrounded by religion throughout her entire life. Religion provides her with community, intellect and purpose. As the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, she said she now uses religion as her solace.
In July of 2016, Kirianne divorced her abusive husband. She and her two children, Shiloh, 4, and Liam, 6, were forced to move into the church basement for several months until they could find new housing. “A lot of the times you don’t know somebody until they’ve completely welcomed you into their world,” Weaver said. “Human beings are very good at hiding things about ourselves."
The pastor continues to cope with the aftermath of her marriage daily. She said she finds light in searching for meaning in the bible. Her favorite passage is 1 Corinthians 11 28-30. “A lot of times, people are afraid to read this passage in a sermon because it perpetuates the idea of fearing God but they’re absolutely wrong,” Kirianne said. “It’s telling us to judge others and our self to make sure everyone isn’t hungry. It’s not that we’re all sinners, we’re all just hungry. If we make sure everyone is fed, we are all servants of God."
Hector, NY - Nov. 7, 2016 - Five-year-old border collie, Lena, and her two owners, Kara Cusolito and Aaron Munzer, wake up around 8 a.m. every morning to weed and water their vegetables. They are the owners of Plowbreak Farm, which provides fresh produce to wholesale as well as members who are a part of their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The farm’s vegetables adhere to the National Organic Program's standards, which means they do not use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Plowbreak only uses plant and mineral-based pest controls deemed safe by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA).
Munzer said that farming allows him to have a career that lets him enjoy the outdoors and is a skill that requires an incredible amount of patience. “Farmers are the real scientists of this country,” the farmer said. “We’re constantly on the cutting edge of new technological advances and have to try new methods of growing.”
The farm grows their vegetables on a rotational basis, meaning the vegetable availability changes by the month. Some of the other vegetables grown in the November rotation include arugula, beets, broccoli, sunchokes, peppers and scallions. By noon, the main harvest is picked and Munzer and Cusolito head back in their pickup truck with Lena following closely behind. The farmers are now set to distribute their produce to restaurants like Northstar, Just a Taste, and Agava in the Ithaca, NY area later that day.
Cusolito became interested in farming when she was a teenager and decided to pursue it as a profession after graduating Ithaca College with Munzer in 2008. “Farming is a labor of love. Being able to see what you planted grow and flourish, there’s nothing else like it,” she said.
Moosewood Restaurant, Ithaca, NY
ITHACA, NY - Sept. 19, 2016 Moosewood Restaurant, located in the Dewitt Mall, serves two meal specials that change daily and several core menu options that change seasonally. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s dishes feature locally sourced produce and are meat-free. The restaurant's daily menu options are created by Kitchen Manager Jason Coughlin, 32, who has worked at the restaurant for 10 years. His ideas come from the Moosewood cookbooks, sold at the restaurant and various places across the country, and research he has done online. He said a lot of the staff helps with recipe ideas as well. “People today have different types of diets compared to the 70’s when this restaurant opened,” Coughlin said. “[Vegetarianism and locally sourced produce] is the direction that food is going in.” Diner’s can select lunch from the core menu and from the specials. These dishes’ ingredients contain locally sourced produce from vendors such as Cayuga Pure Organics and Finger Lakes Organic Growers Cooperative.
Subjects were asked: Who will you vote in the 2016 United States Presidential Election?
ITHACA, NY - Sept. 11, 2016 - Anastasia Sioris, 22, spends her weekends selling Blue Heron Farm produce at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market. Bernie Sanders was her first choice for the Democratic Nominee, but Sioris said she will be voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election. “A lot of young women, particularly feminists, reject the notion that they have to vote for [Clinton] because she’s a woman,” she said. “[Sanders] was another progressive option that didn’t fit the stereotype of women supporting women solely because they are the same gender.” She said that Clinton’s campaign became more progressive in an effort to receive Sanders’ voters.
ITHACA, NY - Sept. 11, 2016 - Cornell University Sophomore Molly Rochford, 19, plans to vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential Election because the democratic candidate has “similar values” to her. “[Clinton] being the first female democratic nominee plays a huge role in this presidential election,” she said. “I think she projects a certain image that often puts off millennial woman and they can have a hard time relating to her. It’s important to look beyond her gender and focus on what her goals are as a future president.”
ITHACA, NY - Sept. 5, 2016 - Cornell University sophomore Jenny Zhu said Hillary Clinton was not her first choice for the 2016 Presidential Election but she will be voting for her in order to steer votes away from the republican candidate. “I want the first female president to be someone who is genuine and will represent the female population at large in a good way,” Zhu said. “Hillary hasn’t really shown that but at this point there is no other option because Trump cannot win.”
Amsterdam, February 2016
Paris, January 2016
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