Life is full of visual images and stories…you just have to be present to observe them. Kathleen Gerber is a photographer that looks for these visual nuggets and thrives in weaving these images into photo essays. She flourishes in travelling to different places and meeting new people and cultures to create visual stories. Her work spans numerous continents and cultures ranging from Africa, Myanmar, Mexico, as well as stories found close to home in Southern California and throughout the Southwest. She is empathetic and is looking to subtly vs overtly share horrific stories (such as the mistreatment and mutilation people with Albinism in sub-Saharan Africa or the crisis of children that have been orphaned due to the AIDs crisis in Mozambique) in order to make a challenging message more accessible to a wider audience. This approach is part of her long-term campaign to raise awareness to these issues and impart systematic change.