I was born in Ecuador and came to the United States when I was very young. After graduating high school I decided college wasn't the right fit for me at that time. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps because the Iraq conflict had just started. I distrusted the US government's censorship of the conflict, and I wanted a 1st hand account. I got what I wanted, I witnessed and participated in the conflict. The experience shaped my life and it gave me a real understanding for the men that fight wars and the children, women, and men affected by war.
After my military service I attended the University of Berkeley and studied political science. I felt like it was the next logical step in life. I can's say that it was but I met some very good friends at university and around the community. I was fortunate enough to meet my friend Joseph and his wife Yuri Shibuya. Yuri has been instrumental in helping me progress my photography.