It’s amazing where life will take you, the paths you will take and the people you will meet. About three years ago I met Katie in a small coffee shop in Indy. I don’t drink coffee and she walked in with a purse that was shaped like a boom box that literally played music. She’s been teaching me the world of photography ever since. Most importantly the idea of telling stories through photography.
Recently she was approached by the Indianapolis Public Library about doing a large-scale photo installation focusing on the journey of immigrants, migrants and refugees in Indianapolis. She allowed me to assist. Watching and listening to someone tell their story is so emotionally moving, that I often take time to reflect on their stories during my drives home. I am reminded every time I am involved with a project like this, just how much of my personal happiness comes from the interaction I have with such inspiring people. Each drive home I am reminded of just how honored I feel to get the opportunity to photograph each and every one of them.
Courtney and I had one day to get in 5 interviews for this project. It was close to noon and we were driving to our second interview. Hungry. Little did we know Maninder and his wife had not only invited us into their beautiful home for the interview, but they had also prepared a HUGE lunch. It was perfect.
Paulo traveled from Brazil to Indianapolis for his love of music. He also met Madonna once, so therefore he’s basically famous because he met her and now that I’ve met him I’m kind of famous too. His positive attitude during his transition from Brazil to Indy is inspiring. Did I mention I got to hear him play the piano and he’s amazing?