I came to photography while recording an audio story about Burmese refugees who had been trafficked by state officials in Malaysia. This work received a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting grant and was featured on PBS and NPR. I was not a photographer at the time, but the situation inspired me to jump in. Self-taught in photography but with an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, my intent is to capture visual poems that are composed on the streets of the world and tell a universal story of human longing and connection. I use both candid portraiture and street photography to photograph what touches me, knowing that if I’m moved, there’s a good chance that others will be moved as well. In the last 2 years, my images have been part of several international traveling exhibits. Currently, I’m working on projects in Brooklyn, NY and in Cuba.