Journal

I have always loved to write. Even though they say a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes you still need to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to tell a story or make a point. I was recently hired as a correspondent for the Native Sun News Today and will add links to the stories I write for the newspaper on the right. Below are my personal blog posts for this website.

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 and I always...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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 addressed...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Click the links below to read the stories I have written as a correspondent for Native Sun News.





AWARDS

I was honored to win 2nd Place in the 2017 South Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest for my Feature Series on Whiteclay.

"This series is powerful -- both the coverage of the ongoing battle to close the beer stores in Whiteclay and the accompanying photographs that support the writing nicely. Excellent coverage of a landmark story in this region."  Judges Comments


I was also honored to win 1st Place for a photo series I did called 'A Hero Comes Home' which covered the return of a Lakota soldier's remains to Pine Ridge for burial.

"'A hero comes home'... photos capture the community's respect and tradition. Great job."  Judges Comments

POETRY

Below are some of my poems… most of my poetry contains vulgar language and adult-themed content. 

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 heart was yours For so...

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...