I am an activist, photographer, and oral historian. Often, I work with people living in states of continuous poverty, or whose struggles threaten to strip them of their dignity. The ability of those I've encountered to remain hopeful leaves me in a state of awe. Strength, courage, and tenacity project from their faces, body language, and words. My images are not conceptualized; I don't plan in advance how each portrait will be made. I simply listen to and record the stories of individuals, families, and communities, allowing each subject to reveal whatever they wish.