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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.
After being wounded by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, I was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Suffering from a shrapnel wound in my elbow and a traumatic brain injury, I recovered in the hospital for a month and was able to return to my unit and finish out the deployment.
Once I returned I received orders for my second duty station in Okinawa, Japan. There I would assist in the documentation of humanitarian operations in Thailand and the Philippines, and while on Okinawa I managed the base photo studio on Camp Foster and Camp Hansen.
After being honorably discharged from the military, I moved to Denver, Colorado, and began focusing on a degree in Social Documentary at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Currently, I'm working as a freelance photojournalist in between working on personal projects. I'm available for assignments.
Eddie Adams Workshop, XXX, Class of 2017
National Press Photographer Association member
Colorado Press Association member