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The following images were captured during my time in the Kyrgyz Republic as a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellow (2017-2018). I was researching religious identity and spirituality in Kyrgyzstan through the lens of cultural traditions and beliefs. Most of my time during this fellowship was spent in people's living rooms, talking over cups of tea.

 

I built relationships with those I photographed, which allowed me a more intimate view into their lives and the spiritual and cultural manifestations of their beliefs.

I returned to the United States after my Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship ended and moved to Washington, D.C. I began pursuing freelance opportunities outside of my full time job and landed an assignment covering the district's underground sideshow and burlesque scene. 

 

The story focuses on The DC Weirdo Show, which gives a stage to those historically exploited by sideshows and circuses: people of color, the differently abled, and people in the LGBTQ community.