I grew up with nothing
no money, no family, no friends, no future.
It was for those things that I believed I'd be drunk on my couch every night,
rather than going somewhere.
I walked through my house for 17 years watching my family pile their cigarettes in a Gatorade bottle.
I walked through my house and watched my brother and step father drink until they blacked out on the floor.
I lived through this life thinking I had to be like that.
I started taking pictures.
I started to convey my feelings and emotions through these pictures.
Most of them being graphic and depressive, but that's how I felt watching these things my whole life.
Come to find out I was good, pretty good might I say.
If I hadn't picked up that camera I think I'd be dead.
Because watching your family hurt themselves so much just makes you feel like dying.
If I could be a successful photographer and tell my story, I'd be the happiest girl alive.
Because there is nothing like sharing the love of something, and the story behind that love; and having it impact the people that hear it.
Its my dream, I have a dream, and I'll keep it with me until it comes true.