Project Contrast was created organically by combining my two strongest passions: photography and storytelling. Before I became a photographer I was an epidemiologist studying issues across the LGBTQ+ community. Through scientific research and education, I learned that I had to make it make it personal. I became a different kind of epidemiologist - one who studied and collected data while creating and sharing stories. Once I became a photographer, I quickly began doing the same thing. Not just photographing, but making all of my portraits personal.
Being a part of the queer community has been the biggest gift in my life. I wouldn’t change a hair on my head and I want each individual in the LGBTQ+ community to feel the same. So many youth people have a desire to help struggling queer youth to never feel alone. Everyone can relate to someone else in some way, shape, or form. It is incredibly important that these stories reach far and wide into every nook and cranny of our country. There is no limit to where these stories can reach and it is our responsibility to help them get where they are needed most.
You are loved.