Portrait & Profile Project

Humans of Phoenix

My undergraduate thesis documents the vibrant and fascinating people of central Phoenix through a mixture of portraiture and profiles. Explore by clicking on an image below:

an unexplored sense of place

Many places have an aura or a history. In a city like New York, that “sense of place” permeates everything, down to the separate boroughs and neighborhoods. In a young city like Phoenix, that sense of place, especially in downtown, has not yet been cemented.  No one knows what a Phoenician looks like.

But this city is just as lively and interesting as New York, and its unexplored “sense of place” gives rise to limitless opportunity. I want the “Humans of Phoenix” project to be like speed-dating Phoenix, getting to know the stories and the people you might pass on the street.

People love to get a glimpse into the lives of others. We are fundamentally curious; It’s why I’m a journalist. I love the thrill of meeting new people with great stories, and I want the readers of this project to get that satisfaction as well.

And hopefully, I want these narratives to engage readers in a way that elicits empathy, understanding and excitement.

Thanks for stopping by. It means a lot to me.