Visual storytelling is many things: an intellectual exercise, a sociological tool, and a constantly evolving lesson in human interaction. 

Through photography, I've been allowed into peoples' lives who have changed mine. The serendipitous human connection that the camera inspires is something beautiful.

It can also be heavy, but this makes me value the medium even more. It teaches genuine engagement and empathy, which I hope to share through my work. 

I've worked in the US, Turkey and Lebanon. I'll continue photographing to understand the nuances around me. 

Education:

University of Texas Austin, Plan II Honors and International Relations

Recognition:

City Beyond Refuge - 2017

Prix de le Photographie, Paris (PX3), Silver- Feature Story

FotoDocument Marilyn Stafford PhotoReportage Awards, Shortlist Finalist 

PDN Student, Honorable Mention 

Writing:

medium.com/@betsyjoles 










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