OUTSIDE THE BUBBLE
In 2002, I was a staff photographer at a small newspaper in Durham, North Carolina at The Herald-Sun. Inspired by documentary photographers working in Central America, I took a leave of absence for a little over a month to travel to Costa Rica. I worked in conjunction with a relief organization serving street children and the homeless in San Jose, as well as in a Nicaraguan refuge settlement called La Carpio. The community is considered one of the most troubled and dangerous settlements in the country. Racked by poverty, drugs, lack of medical access and law enforcement, the community struggles in ways that are not often seen by visitors to Costa Rica.
It is a side that most tourists do not see, and it was my first time working out of the country as a photojournalist. Like other trips that would follow, the kindness of countless strangers that lent a hand to me was deeply impressive. These early images from work outside of my homeland are all contingent upon that kindness; for this I am grateful.
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