As Much Heaven as Earth, 2017

Created in response to a sudden suicide of a childhood friend, As Much Heaven as Earth comes together as a multi-perspective narrative about personal growth told by LGBT individuals and allies in the American midwest specifically between the states of Michigan and Ohio. The body of work began with the question, “Why do we choose to stay?” Answers to this question vary from person to person, yet all the stories share an undertone of perseverance, nostalgia, and candor that catalyzes the photography and prose. Other sources of inspiration for this work come from author, Haruki Murakami, Joseph Campbell's, Hero's Journey Monomyth, and the breakdown of the Five Stages of Grief theorized by Swiss Psychiatrist, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, in her 1969 book On Death and Dying.