I am a self-taught photographer living in Monroe, Louisiana. Some of my first photographs, taken as a teenager, were of the bayou that meanders through my hometown and the flow of that early work continues today. Nearly all of my photographs are taken within sixty miles of home.
After a twenty year career as a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse, and after returning to Louisiana from Connecticut, I put down the tools of my previous life, picked up a kayak paddle and a camera and started over. I rediscovered the wetlands of northeastern Louisiana and probed their depths with the reverence of a first time explorer.
For the past several years I have been developing a long-term study of rural northeastern Louisiana - the overlooked region that lies between the Mississippi and Ouachita Rivers. I have wandered through the vast farmland and rural communities that rise from it collecting photographs - images that tell the story of this land and what it gives to those of us who live here season after season, generation after generation.
My goal is not just to document this area but to
really crawl inside it and see what makes it unique. In black &
white I am able to get closer to the bones of what I am photographing
and discover images I never imagined existed. Those discoveries,
along with the sheer joy I experience through my camera, inspire me to