I began working with SPP through an internship referenced to me by my former photography instructor, Steve Davis. After three months spent visiting 10 of the 12 prisons in Washington State, my internship turned into employment. My work with SPP allows me to photograph environmental programs within Washington State prisons and grants me a rare opportunity to interact with and photograph incarcerated individuals and corrections staff, ultimately leading to a wide variety of subjects, settings, and moods.
"The Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP) is a partnership founded by The Evergreen State College and Washington State Department of Corrections [whose] mission is to bring science, environmental education, and nature into prisons. SPP conducts ecological research and conserves biodiversity by forging collaborations with scientists, inmates, prison staff, students, and community partners. Equally important, SPP helps reduce the environmental, economic, and human costs of prisons by inspiring and informing sustainable practices."