Digital StoryTyler


Originally titled “The People We Ignore”, Digital Storytyler started an an answer to the question, “What would happen if we stopped and listened?” What stories might people  tell? My theory was that they would show us the common threads we all wear as humans. We apply so many labels and stereotypes onto people within seconds of seeing them. The connections we are missing out on in doing so are exactly the connections I aim to make. And I have. Portrait after portrait, people have offered their hearts and their histories up to share and the results have been nothing short of inspiring.


I was a quiet kid growing up. I tended to listen more than speak. As a kid and into my adulthood people seemed so comfortable being completely candid with me about how they were feeling and what they were thinking. Sometimes they needed to analyze a pressing issue and sometimes they just needed a shoulder to cry on. And there I was, listening. What I found is that we are all the same; we are all unfailingly human – flawed, confused, and seeking inspiration. So why did I become a storyteller? Because I listened. And this project encapsulates that truth in scope better than any other.


During this project no one has ever refused their portrait to be taken and posted online. This is a testament to the very reason why I do what I do: people want to be heard. Stories have been gathered from Kenya to L.A., Thailand, and India and the project is one that, by design, is done with little direction. This, in an attempt to capture people in their most candid, natural states. What is happening in that moment in the subject’s internal and external world is exactly what appears under their portrait. This is humankind as s/he is and the result, no matter the dialogue, is always beautiful.


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