People's Climate March: Our Lives, Our Work, Our Future

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 the People's Climate Movement once again marched and held over 109 events across the nation demanding action for global climate justice. After having been 1 of the 4,000 people who marched in New York City last year, I was excited to march and take action in my new home of Seattle. 

Over a hundred people took the streets of downtown Seattle to demand for climate justice with an emphasis on solidarity among those most affected by climate change. The march ended at Occidental Park where we heard from multiple speakers, including Naomi Klein award winning journalist and author of This Changes Everything Capitalism vs. The Climate.  Climate change is more than just an environmental problem; rather it is primarily a social, political, and economic problem that deeply affects people of color, low income communities, and the global south. It was great to get involved and actually feel like I belong in my new community. 

~some cliche title about moving west~

I sit here in my apartment, which is in the upstairs of a church, trying to pin point how I feel. Exactly a month ago I packed my life into my mom's Kia Soul and moved across the country. This is something I have been waiting for since I got the internship back in April. Most days it doesn't feel real, as if, I'll just be here for a few weeks and then return to life in Ohio. But, that's not the case. I official live in Seattle, Washington, the great Pacific North West. 

The six day drive was one I cannot even articulate into words. Every passing view was beautiful, different and vast (I can only hope that the edit of photographs below give it justice). It is something I am so honored to have experienced with my mom and will cherish forever. My advice for any "20 something" who has just graduated, go west! I'll be the first to tell you that it is super scary and the anxiety leading up to this new adventure was the most I have ever experienced. With that said, though, pack up and leave your comfortable life behind! Hell, most days I feel completely alone in this new city. But, it has made me push myself harder than ever before. When I look at the bigger picture, I am so proud of myself. I am brave and doing what most people dream of after graduating. 

Anyways, enough rambling, I hope you enjoy a glimpse into my big adventure and new life. Everyone back in Ohio, I miss you more than you know and send all my love. 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Badlands, South Dakota

The Badlands, South Dakota

Yellow Stone National Park

Yellow Stone National Park

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Last Photography Class as an Undergrad

For my last photography and visual communications class as an undergrad at Ohio University I took a small systems lighting and portraiture class. For all our assignments we were required to use artificial light to light our subjects. It gave me a chance to step outside of photojournalism and control my subjects and the setting while learning to use my speedlight flash. Thank you to all my subjects for being so patient with me as I figured out how to properly use my multiple flashes and light the scene. I also cannot thank the professors in the School of Visual Communications enough for teaching me all they possibly could to help shape my future as a photojournalist. It's exciting (and scary) to see what the future holds.