A lot was different about this fall semester, but one thing that stayed the same was the beloved Diag squirrels. It was a nice excuse to go spend some time outside and disconnect from Zoom for a bit to hang out with my buddies.
Over the summer, my parents and I were invited by a mutual friend, Lloyd Ganton, to go see his collection of rare automobiles and vintage items he called “Ye Ole Carriage Shop." He had been asking us to come for a while but the timing never worked out. Since COVID-19 hit, we had absolutely nothing going on and we were jumping at the opportunity to get out of the house, and this was a safe activity that we could partake in. So we masked up and drove the hour drive to Spring Arbor MI, just outside of Jackson.
Bonaire is a small island off the coast of Venezuela, that is a part of the Netherlands and home to dozens of ethnic backgrounds. It holds a special place in my heart, as I have been there every single year since I was 9 months old, this spring break trip was my 19th time on the island. Every time that I return, the ocean and the people capture my heart all over again.
Coming from a small town in rural Michigan, one of my biggest fears in the transition to college was the lack of nature that I would be around on a daily basis. I was so used to having all kinds of wildlife just steps from my house. Spending time photographing animals has always been my stress relief and happy place. College is such a new environment, I wanted to make sure I still had that quiet place to breathe and create. These photos are a small collection of what I saw around campus first semester.
I met with different women and discussed the hardships that they hide from the world, and physically emulated their experiences and healing processes, symbolized through elements in nature. I physically manipulated their portraits by embroidering onto prints of their portraits, and through the stitching process, I felt as if I was healing along with them.