Latino Alma

Merida Bug

Moche Cabeza


Otavalo Market

Winter 2008

Sharptown: Maryland's Eastern Shore

Pop's House, 2004
"You don’t even know where your front door key it is. "
-Samuel Raymond Stokes

Main Street

Sharptown Bridge

Savings Bank

Sharptown is located on high ground, on a straight portion of the Nanticoke River. It was intended from the start to be a site for ship building. It was founded in 1818 by Matthew Marine who began the Sharptown Marine Railway.

However, there was slowly less need for sailing ships, and in 1919 the Sharptown ship building business went bankrupt. Now the town, which once had a population of 1,300 and a bustling Main Street, has become quieter. Ninety percent of approximately 650 residents work outside the community.

October 2005

Aging Moldova

Moldova is a small country in Eastern Europe, located between Romania and Ukraine. It was formerly part of the Soviet Union and it is now the poorest country in Europe. It suffers from political instability and corruption. Many of its citizens feel forced to leave the country and work illegally to support themselves.

Straseni, a typical Moldovan village, has no running water. Water pipes are still in place from Soviet times but the system has since broke and was never repaired. Water is gathered from public wells but this limits conditions for hygiene. The sick or blind must depend on their family or neighbors.

Accordion Player
Jon described his musical talent as a gift from God. Although he suffers from tuberculosis and spent much of his life in hospitals he was still singing. He began playing the accordion again after a generous gift from the staff ended his forty-three year musical hiatus.

Although she had a fairly large house Maria chose to live only in a small attached room. She is alone following the death of her husband and son’s suicide.

For much of her life, Agrepiua was a strong woman who spent her days in the garden. She moved to the center a month before we arrived after being abandoned by her family. Her daughter persuaded her to sell her home with a promise of moving to a better life in the Ukraine but the daughter stole the proceeds and left her mother behind.

July 2006

Building Nicaragua

What is poverty? How is it seen? How is it experienced? And why does it exist?

These are the questions I brought as I traveled in the spring of 2005 with a group of MICA students to a village in the Ticuantepe area of Nicaragua. We spent five days living and working in a small community and several days touring Nicaragua. I left with many more questions unanswered.

This body of work functions as a documentation of that experience. I attempt to explore reasons for and manifestation of poverty, as well as the interactions between Americans and Nicaraguans. I am aware of myself as an outsider and realize that these works merely speak of my own experience and not that of the Nicaraguan people. However, at the same time, I am inspired by a desire to make the stories and faces of the people and places I encountered known.

March 2005