I am a photographer, book artist, publisher and pilgrim. By interweaving photography with the narrative arts, anthropology, history, and religious studies, my work creates a gateway between the life of the past and that of the present, renewing our understanding of contemporary faith and culture and restoring the relevance of the past to a rapidly evolving future.
In the course of my career, I have lived for ten months in one of the manuscripts libraries of Timbuktu, and walked three of the world’s most important pilgrimages—in Spain, France, and Japan—traveling over 2500 kilometers by foot. I spent my childhood in Washington DC, Mali, and Sierra Leone, an upbringing that influences the international character of my work. Each project begins with a journey: among the schools of Timbuktu’s Islamic scholars, along the Shikoku pilgrimage trail, or in the mercurial landscape of Iceland. From the root lived experience sprouts a narrative about passage and transcendence that re-kindles the human spirit with a straightforward style that embraces the dirt, humor, and marvelous enchantment of an imperfect reality.
Coming this summer, New Work: “Summer Grasses”
“I have found what I came for, whatever it was!”
—journal entry from the end of my first pilgrimage
Between 2009 and 2014, I walked three of the world’s most important pilgrimages—in Spain, Japan and France—travelling over 2500 kilometers by foot. The photographs in “Summer Grasses” are from my third pilgrimage, the 700 kilometer route from Le Puy-en-Velay to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the south of France. The work shows changes in the land, light, weather and spirit during thirty-four days of walking.
My books are a significant and a growing part of my creative process. I recommend that you check-out The Kyoudai Press.
All photographs on the site have been registered with the US copyright office.