I’m honored to have been interviewed by PDN Magazine for this month’s issue, available on newsstands nationwide. You can read the full article here, or by clicking on the magazine cover. After the interview and more thorough research into Facebook’s long history of data abuse and rights-grabbing practices that take advantage of artists, I made the decision to join the million-plus Europeans who deactivated their Facebook and Instagram accounts to stand up for human (and artist) rights. I’m still happily posting about my photography and life on more artist-friendly, privacy-conscious social media platforms — please make sure to follow me on Ello, VSCO, and Behance.
This year was a big one, filled with lots of extreme ups and downs. Photography has always been my rock -- the one thing that keeps me going even in the midst of chaos. I was lucky to get to work with a variety of amazing, supportive, wonderful clients this year -- ranging from huge corporations like Mercedes-Benz of North America, to corporate restaurant chains like Rubio's Coastal Grill and Bibigo Fresh Korean Kitchen, to smaller independent brands like High Ruin, as well as wonderful nonprofits like the Orange County Small Business Development Center as they featured local businesses that are doing awesome things, like Inland Wharf Brewing Company.
I'm genuinely looking forward to 2018 -- wondering about the challenges and inspirations the new year will bring is always my favorite part about New Year's Eve. Here's to the passing of a year full of growth and amazing opportunities; and a toast to whatever wonderful things 2018 has in store.
I'm also sending out all the best to everyone reading this -- may the new year bring you all the challenges and opportunities you need to grow into the person you want to become, to live the life you've imagined. Here's to 2018, and exciting new chapters.