Click image to visit summary. I began work in Durango in 2007. In the fall, I became almost completely paraplegic after years of disability.
Then, 2008 was a good year. In early 2008, I was correctly diagnosed with spinal meningioma. I underwent a miraculously effective surgery and regained full use of my legs. By April 2008, I was consulting under the Community Action for Renewable Environment grant. My funding was through the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments. The San Juan Basin was the third largest source of natural gas in the U.S. at the time. In the summer of 2008, I successfully applied to become a roster member of Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.
Late that same year, I founded a nonprofit to ensure public participation in the decisions that affect local people. Economics for Peace Institute was the result of deep reflection after a series of projects in the Four Corners. Those projects revealed gaps in public participation by local people in the issues that affect them. I realized a research institute could educate planners to ensure local input in order to achieve sustainability objectives.
This image is from a series of basket images I shot in Santa Fe in 2015 after several years managing an organic farm in Colorado. The farm was an incredible place to achieve full physical health and connection to a seasonal way of life.