I am a 22 year old surfer, nature lover, artist, activist, and student. I grew up in Leucadia, California. My dad started taking me out surfing with him when I was just three three years old. The place I really learned how to surf on my own is San Onofre— an iconic Southern California beach that my family has been surfing at for three generations. My parents took my sister and I traveling all over the world while we were kids, which gave me a deep sense of gratitude for life, nature, and diversity at a young age, as well as an awareness of my privilege relative to the rest of the world.
I am now a senior at UC San Diego majoring in Sociocultural Anthropology, although the prior 3 years of my education were spent at UC Santa Cruz studying Evolutionary Cognitive Science and Sustainability Studies. I am a passioante about studying the intersections of environmentalism and feminism across history and cultures. While at UC Santa Cruz, I gained a mentor in the Director of the Program on Environmental and Nuclear Policy, and took on a position at his research and advocacy nonprofit organization Committee to Bridge the Gap as the lead Environmental Research Associate and Community Organizer on their campaign for safe storage of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s waste. I am also an ambassador for the Changing Tides Foundation and have worked on a number of projects with them.
I am passionate about securing a safe, sustainable future in which humans can live in harmony with nature, and I am an outspoken advocate for action on local and global environmental problems we face today.
I started taking film photos in high school as a way to create a time capsule of memories. Sometimes I would experiment with light leaks by briefly opening the back of my camera. After about a year hiatus from film photography, I re-immersed myself after coming across a cheap camera at a thrift shop that had a button for double-exposures. I was so in love with this new technique because it really felt like every image I took was a creation of my own. Soon after I began experimenting by soaking rolls of film in different concoctions before developing. This is when my photography really developed into an act of art-making for me.