Without

Without

I’m just a poet without a voice I’m just a girl without a choice I’m caught in a rainstorm without cover I’m in love without a lover
Not Again

Not Again

The rain slides down the windows and blurs the streetlights outside I open a window and watch the candles flicker in the soft breeze Our dinner sits cold, uneaten and forgotten I wonder where you are And I think to myself Not again  I put the food away but drink the...
Next Time

Next Time

My phone buzzes with a text at 2:45 a.m. You must be drunk and thinking again I used to try and read between the lines but that has proven a waste of my time You only want what you don’t have You’re only happy when you’re sad Once upon a time my...
Okay

Okay

I saw you tonight and I didn’t want to cry. People asked me how I was and I didn’t have to lie. I’m going to be okay.
What I Could Do

What I Could Do

I could get all dressed up And head downtown I could dance all night Until the bars shut down I could go out and find another guy to screw But he would probably just remind me of you  I could paint my nails Or go for a walk Call an old friend Just to talk I could go...
The Mandolin Player

The Mandolin Player

He had chartreuse hair and a crooked grin Stunning blue eyes and ivory skin He wore black Chuck Taylors & a pin-striped fedora Instantly I was drawn to his aura  His soul was kind and his kiss was sweet Without even trying he swept me off my feet Our time was...
Later

Later

The weight of your lies is bringing me down I’ve tried and I’ve cried so I’ll see you around Life is too short and the nights are too long There must be more out there so I’m moving on I’ll give you a hug and wish you good luck But to be honest, I don’t give a fuck...
BARE MODEL 10

BARE MODEL 10

“When people look at me, I want them to see more than an ex-stripper. I want them to see more than just my...
BARE MODEL 9

BARE MODEL 9

“I’m always afraid of not living up to everyone’s expectations of me.” The BARE Experience:After doing BARE I feel more beautiful. I am more willing to wear clothes that might not be acceptable for bigger girls to wear. I often go back to look at the...
BARE MODEL 8

BARE MODEL 8

“Five years ago, I didn’t find any comfort in my body. I hated it. Everything about it. I would cry when I looked into a mirror. I lived on the top floor of an apartment building;I climbed over the balcony railing andvery nearly threw myself off. I don’t know...
BARE MODEL 7

BARE MODEL 7

“When I originally did this photo shoot, it was mostly for fun. I felt alive and vibrant.I loved my body, its secrets and dreams. Its energy. As I look back on these photos,I miss that woman that I used to be. Since this photo shoot, I have been diagnosed...
BARE MODEL 6

BARE MODEL 6

“I suffer from depression and anxiety.I fight/struggle with it everyday.I battle my own mind everyday. I decided to BARE myself because I want to be seen.I want people to know thatI’m more than just a wife and mother.I feel like I’m forgettable.I’m...
BARE MODEL 4

BARE MODEL 4

“I decided to BARE myself because I wanted to peel away all the layers I have wrapped myself in over my lifetime. There is so much self-hatred, criticism and shame that I have been carrying around with me my whole life. I am finally figuring out that NO one is...
BARE MODEL 3

BARE MODEL 3

“Going into this project, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew that I had something unique that I wanted to share. I knew that there was a part of my physical appearance that didn’t fit into the traditional idea of beauty in regards to women. What...
BARE MODEL 2

BARE MODEL 2

“I have struggled with my sexual identity my whole life and where that falls into my spiritual upbringing has been a big challenge for me. I chose to BARE myself in a recognition of letting go of the past and embracing the whole me just as I am. I remember...
BARE MODEL 1

BARE MODEL 1

“I struggle with eating disorders.” In Memory ofSara Lynne JohnsonSeptember 28, 1980 – May 25, 2017 I met Sara for the first time when she came to my studio for her BARE shoot. We had mutual friends in common and I had seen her around town at...
David & Ryan

David & Ryan

“Once upon a time there was a little boy, who wanted nothing more than to fall in love with another little boy, and be loved in return…”   Tears and tender moments are abundant at weddings. As a photographer, I have captured hundreds of these moments...
Tatanka Harvest

Tatanka Harvest

On November 11, 2017, I attended a Tatanka Harvest at the Thunder Valley Community Development Corp. in Porcupine, South Dakota. Wild bison, or Tatanka as the Lakota called them, once roamed North America in great numbers. Before white settlers came, an approximated...
Totality

Totality

I traveled to the Jackson Hole area for the solar eclipse on August 21st so I could try to photograph totality. I wasn’t sure if I would get any good shots, but I was excited to just be there to see and experience it. I went a few days early so I could go to...
Victory Day Celebration

Victory Day Celebration

Each year, indigenous tribes across America celebrate the Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe Indians victory over General Custer and his troops at the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Battle of Greasy Grass). In Kiza Park on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota...
When Stars Align

When Stars Align

Most days are just like any other day. Last Sunday (July 17, 2016) was like most days, an ordinary day filled with people doing what they ordinarily did. I was just finishing up a photo shoot, one of my favorite kinds – we were making powerful images that...
Bernie Comes to SoDak

Bernie Comes to SoDak

On Thursday May 12, 2016 Senator Bernie Sanders visited western South Dakota, visiting first the Pine Ridge reservation and then Rapid City. I attended the rally in Rapid City and took some pictures. I will never forget the energy that day; the crowd was full of hope...
Hope

Hope

What is hope? hope \ˈhōp\ noun 1. the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best: to give up hope. 2. a particular instance of this feeling: the hope of winning. 3. grounds for this feeling in a particular...
Meeting Jim

Meeting Jim

I have a friend who lives in California named Leah. She grew up in the Black Hills, where I still live, and she looks at the photos I take of her home state. Over the years she has shared my work with other friends in California, one of them a man named Jim. She would...