During my semester at The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, I was fortunate enough to witness three amazing stories.
In the summer of 2007, 14 Iraqi interpreters for the US government were given special visas and moved into Lewiston, Maine. Uprooting there professional lives to get out of harms way, they now struggle, not for the American dream, but just to get by. I was very lucky to work with an amazing writer, Genevieve Lyson, to help produce the story, "Lost in Translation".
Then in a solo photo essay, I told the story of Big Bill and Suu Keefe, presidents of the Southern Maine Association of Kinksters. Living in a quiet double wide in the woods outside of Freeport, Maine, these two live life the way it should be, their own way. With conventional jobs, and unconventional interests, they bend the rules of sex and gender to what excites them, without worrying about the judgment of others.
Finally, I was able to tell the story of Margaret Neilson, who at 63 years old decided to undergo very risky Bariatric surgery. After a life struggling with diabetes and food addicition, Maggie is determined to finally lose the weight. Gastric bypass is now one of the most popular optional surgeries in America.