KÚ·S HÍ·WES WÁ·IS. (WATER IS LIFE. WATER IS ALIVE.) (2021)
A vignette to accompany the closing monologue from Robert Redford’s A River Runs Through It (1992), which is an adaptation of Norman Maclean’s novel. I shot this footage in Paradise Valley, which sits at the entrance of Yellowstone National Park in southwestern Montana. (For Timmy. Vaya con Dios!)
THE SUREÑO (2020)
Sureños, meaning "Southerners," are members of a Mexican gang in California whose greater allegiance is to the Mexican Mafia. Miguel (a.k.a. "Silent") was jumped (i.e., initiated) into his local gang at the age of 23. Although he must go to great lengths to protect himself, his family, and his fellow gang members from the omnipresent threat of inner-city violence, he wants people to know that, despite being gang-affiliated, he is not much different from the average American citizen.
EDWARD CURTIS: RE-IMAGINED (2019)
A series of photographs that depict present-day indigenous people in a style that mirrors American photographer Edward S. Curtis’s early 20th century photos of Native American people. I have re-imagined Curtis’s photography by exploring some of the ways he may have photographed contemporary indigenous people if he were still alive today. I have produced a series of photographs of contemporary indigenous people and have juxtaposed them with some of Curtis’s most famous photographs.