I have always been observant of my surroundings and found that my awareness of the streets has given me great insight into the culture. Having grown up in Detroit and moving to Oakland, I realized that there were parallels in what I was seeing. While attending California College of the Arts for photography I became fascinated with documenting the streets and the people who occupy them. I travel through neighborhoods to find simple beauty in the mundane; a woman opens and closes a gate, a person sleeps on a bench under an American flag, two bicycles intertwined together and immobilized. Through my observations I am able to understand the realities of my subjects. It offers me an opportunity to engage with the community on a street level where the fence no longer separates us. Through this process I am able to listen to the voices and the stories they tell, documenting the people and scenes that make Oakland an authentic place.