Kirk Torregrossa Photography
Shark and Steve wait in the hallway at Belfast High School, to speak at a conference on "Muslim Unity".Faysel's son sits shyly on the couch the day before the big move to Portland from Lewiston, Maine.Shark and Steve have a smoke outside of their place in Lewiston, Maine. Faysel's sons wait for the bus outside of their house in Portland, Maine.Steve washes dishes at Bates College.  He was an interpreter for the US army just months ago.Bill eats cereal in his living room in Freeport, Maine, with his 25 year old iguana, Mogwana.Bill and Suu pick up there scooter outside of Topsham, Maine.Bill, Suu and Sue "play" in their living room in Freeport, Maine.Bill is a registered whip master."All I want is a dozen roses for my fortieth..."Maggie weighs herself.  Just one week after surgery she has lost more then fifteen pounds.Maggie checks in the fridge for spinach to accompany her last meal of solid food before surgery.  She cannot eat it again for at least three months.Maggie shops for her husband and family.  She is not partaking in anything in the cart.Doctor Roy Cobean performs gastric bypass on Maggie Neilson.Just moments before surgery
SALT portfolio
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.