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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. I was awarded the Purple Heart Medal after being wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. I was in the hospital for a month and returned to my unit to finish out the deployment.
Once I returned I received orders for my second duty station in Okinawa, Japan. I documented humanitarian operations in Thailand and the Philippines and managed the base photo studio on Camp Foster and Camp Hansen.
After the military, I moved to Denver, Colorado and focused 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