2011 — student award of excellence
After completing my bachelors degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences in 2008, I wandered for a year completing internships before being (surprised to be) accepted into the masters program at Ohio University. I spent my time in Ohio focusing on social documentary work and expanding my perceptions of photography and life. I've finished my coursework at Ohio but the masters is still in progress.
Currently located in Concord, New Hampshire and available for assignments.
Travis transitioned from prison to home confinement in a camper alongside the Ohio River in Jackson County, WV in 2009. He wore an ankle bracelet that monitored his location keeping him within a hundred feet of his home. Travis dealt with these restrictions while raising his two young daughters, Patience and Journey, and trying to keep old temptations at bay.
Travis belongs to just one family among hundreds affected by a prescription drug epidemic strangling rural Appalachian areas similar to Jackson County. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over the span of five years, from 1999 to 2004, West Virginia had a 550% increase of fatal drug overdoses, the largest in the nation.
After being in and out of incarceration for the majority of his adult life, at the start of 2011 Travis is now serving out the final six months of his parole before becoming a free man. Travis married his girlfriend, Tiffany, as soon as he got out and moved his family to a new home in Kenna, WV. “Right now, at this time and this place in my life is a time to straighten up, get my act together and be the father that I need to be. And that is one that is sober,” Travis said the night before he was sentenced to prison.