I was born and grew up in southern Nevada in the middle of the Mojave Desert, near the glaring bright lights of Las Vegas. At first glance, the desert is an ugly place. But the closer you look the more beauty you see, and the desert plants and harsh landscape clearly convey a unique strength. Las Vegas is almost the opposite, with the glitzy first impression of the big hotels that doesn’t hold up upon closer inspection during the light of day. However, with an even closer look, you will see the beauty that lies in the strength of the community of people that live beyond the “Strip”. This community, that is usually not visible to the casual tourist or visitor, was on true display following the events of October 1, 2017, and I’m proud to call Las Vegas my home. As a photographer and artist, I’ve been influenced by my desert and Las Vegas roots, and I use my lens to search for strength and beauty in humanity. With my photographs, I try to capture the essence of my subject beyond what is visible at first glance.
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