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Behind the Lens
I grew up near the coastal North Carolina region. Most of my childhood was spent having adventures in the Carolina wilderness. After my freshman year of high school, I moved to Southern Indiana and started making new friends while exploring the midwest.
In high school, I found an interest in journalism and photography and by my senior year, I joined the school photography club and newspaper.
After I graduated high school I enlisted in the Marines as a combat photographer. Enlisting in the military was a crash course education that helped me find a long-term passion for documentation and visual storytelling.
During my five years of service, I attended the military photography program at the Defense Information School in Fort Meade, Maryland. My first duty station was Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from there I deployed to Afghanistan with an infantry battalion to document day-to-day operations.
After being wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, I was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Suffering from a shrapnel wound in my elbow and a traumatic brain injury, I recovered in the hospital for a month and was able to return to my unit and finish out the deployment.
Once I returned I received orders for my second duty station in Okinawa, Japan. There I would assist in the documentation of humanitarian operations in Thailand and the Philippines, and while on Okinawa I managed the base photo studio on Camp Foster and Camp Hansen.
After being honorably discharged from the military, I moved to Denver, Colorado, and began focusing on a degree in Social Documentary at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Currently, I'm working as a freelance photojournalist and I'm available for assignments.
Eddie Adams Workshop Alumni, XXX, Class of 2017
National Press Photographer Association member
Colorado Press Association member
Colorado Public Radio
The Colorado Sun
High Country News