I'm an explorer with a love for documenting the journey and that often takes the form of photography. I have a curiosity about lots of places, people, things and photography has played a big part in providing the opportunities to explore and learn more. Living in both Washington DC and St. Paul, Minnesota has given me the opportunity to both have an up close view of DC politics as well as a comfortable distance and perspective from the midwest. It's a very nice combination. When I travel, both for work and vacation, I always try to build in a couple extra hours to get out and about to explore; the morning hours have been good to me. My go-to travel guides are the Roadside America app and Atlas Obscura for leading me down paths to the weird and wonderful.
Many of my photos have a Creative Commons license which means they can be used & shared with attribution. Often, small news organizations & nonprofits are able to make use of them rather than paying large fees from stock agencies. They're also on many different Wikipedia pages.
If you end up using my work and have the means to contribute, I'd highly encourage donations to Nechama, a Jewish Disaster Relief volunteer organization. They're directly helping communities in rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Maria.
Some of my work also includes videography and icons. Learning video has been an extension of my knowledge of photography and much of my work in that area is also of a documentary nature. And the icons, most on the noun project, have been growing a hobby. They tend to be subjects in the news. During the latest election, they became somewhat of an art therapy project.