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

The serendipitous human connection that the camera facilitates is something beautiful. It can also be heavy. This makes me value the medium even more. 

It's my way to engage with the world and all its complexities.

My projects have taken me to Istanbul, Turkey, Beirut, Lebanon, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I'll continue photographing to understand the nuances around me. 

Education:

University of Texas Austin, Plan II Honors and International Relations

Recognition:

2018 

Art Works Projects - Shortlist Finalist 

2017

Yunghi Kim Grant - Manuello Paganelli Award

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

FotoDocument Marilyn Stafford PhotoReportage Awards, Shortlist Finalist 

PDN Student, Honorable Mention 

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