Present Company (The Right to Choose)
Present Company (The Right to Choose)

Present Company (2010 - 2017) is a longterm portrait series documenting the people I’ve met, if only in passing, since November 2010. I’ve accumulated over 500 portraits - all on different variations of instant film.

Accompanying each portrait is the individual’s name, where we found each other, and a short comment or question they’ve chosen to record.

I’ve omitted any other details behind each encounter in an attempt to reduce the influence of my own perspective and allow each subject the opportunity to be seen as they would like to be seen - to be understood beyond my impression.

Johannes
Johannes

Washington, DC

"I would like people to know how my life is going. If you ask me now, everything’s fine. If you ask me tomorrow...it depends."

Butch
Butch

Gettysburg, PA

"Where’s all the gold?"

Susie
Susie

Washington, DC

"I'm not quiet and shy like people think I am."

Shi-Queeta-Lee
Shi-Queeta-Lee

Washington, DC

"How do you really feel about Drag Queens?"

Madeleine
Madeleine

Bethesda, MD

"I like lions."

Bill
Bill

Gettysburg, PA

"I ain't never met no stranger. When I met these boys, I'd never seen them before but they weren't strangers."

Natalia
Natalia

Washington, DC

"I am too nice."

Mark
Mark

Washington, DC

"What would you at 9 think of you now?"

Anne
Anne

Rockville, MD

"I’m gonna be OKAY! And maybe even better."

Celeste
Celeste

Richmond, VA

"I am a human."

Alyson
Alyson

Spicewood, TX

"What is happiness to you?"

Epiphany Lee
Epiphany Lee

Washington, DC

"I am not just a pretty face. I am a talented, driven entertainer that wants to use her talent to change the world and people’s perception of transgender girls like me."

Steve
Steve

Washington, DC

"My father has had more to do with shaping modern society worldwide than almost anyone you could ever meet. And no matter what you think of me - you may look down on me - I've experienced more than most people have. Good and bad."

Gaby
Gaby

Brooklyn, NY

"I've never been afraid of anyone. I've only been afraid of myself."

Sarakiel
Sarakiel

Washington, DC

"May I have your permission to be an astronaut?"

Steve
Steve

Washington, DC

"I hold a deep sadness that my first wife, who passed away when she was 26, has not been able to see our son grow up and have two children of his own."

Heidi Glüm
Heidi Glüm

Washington, DC

"I'm actually nice, I just look like a bitch."

Nia
Nia

Brooklyn, NY

"I'm a loving person."

JJ with her pet rat
JJ with her pet rat

Nevada City, MT

"How have you changed the world for the better?"

Tuesday
Tuesday

New York, NY

"I actually enjoy letting people form their own opinions about me - it’s more reflective of their personalities than mine and I end up getting a peek into their psyche."

Herb
Herb

Crystal Falls, MI

"What's your name?"

Marlene
Marlene

Marlene

Dillsburg, PA

"I'm an astrophysicist in a waitress uniform."

Bethany
Bethany

Washington, DC

"What’s the first song you downloaded on Napster?"

Jess and Roman
Jess and Roman

Washington, DC

Jess: "Do you believe in second chances?"

Roman: "Wanna be friends?"

Rebecca
Rebecca

Boulder, CO

"What was your mother like?"

Markita
Markita

Washington, DC

"I have a big heart."

John
John

Washington, DC

"I was molested by a Catholic priest. I was put in this position. I never intended to be here. I’m just reacting to the ignorance of the Catholic Church. Their cowardice put me here."

India
India

Long Island, NY

"I know I don’t know how much I don’t know, but at least I know that."

Hortensia
Hortensia

Annapolis, MD

"I’d like people to know where I come from. From Cuba. Because I’m so proud of it."

Tiffani
Tiffani

Washington, DC

"I freaking love unicorns."

Katie and Zarema
Katie and Zarema

Miami, FL

Kate: "Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever had sex?"

Zarema: "When was the last time you experienced euphoria?"

Whit
Whit

Washington, DC

"I love working with my hands, and after many years of fighting my natural inclination towards something creative, I’ve decided to take the plunge and forge my own path. And while it’s terrifying, I couldn’t be more excited about having a dream and making it (eventually) come true for myself."

Brittany
Brittany

Brooklyn, NY

"I've come a long way."

Tyrone
Tyrone

Washington, DC

"I want people to remember me for me. I don’t sit around and boast about me, but that God works through me. It’s not about the papers and it’s not about how much money I make. Not about how many people I meet and make them have a better day. It’s about Jesus. Love."

Kate
Kate

Richmond, VA

"Are you a dreamer?"

Julio
Julio

Sheridan, MT

“I’m a dad.”

Elijah Nature Boy
Elijah Nature Boy

Washington, DC

"If a dog meowed and a cat barked, what's wrong with that picture? Now, I don't know the answer to that one. It's the only question I don't know the answer to yet."

Deanna
Deanna

Baltimore, MD

"I like to keep my shit private."

Pete
Pete

Brooklyn, NY

“I’m really stubborn and have control issues.”

William
William

New York, NY

"If you have something nice, take care of it. Remember: 'You've got to take the good with the bad, smile when you're sad, remember what you've lost and love what you have.'"

Austin
Austin

New York, NY

"I'd sky dive for a dollar as long as you pay for all the other stuff."

Meg
Meg

Washington, DC

"I’m strong-willed and independent."

Logan
Logan

New York, NY

"Would you like to have sex?"

Holly
Holly

Washington, DC

"I’m the antithesis of a girly girl."

Chelsea and Sierra
Chelsea and Sierra

Leesylvania State Park, VA

Chelsea: "I believe in fairies."

Sierra: "How do you think you're going to die?"

Frank
Frank

Woodstock, NY

"Who are you? This is me."

Katie
Katie

New York, NY

"I want rainbow hair. Forever. Mostly, pink, orange, purple, blue and yellow…stripes."

Kaspr
Kaspr

Austin, TX

"I like writing on shit."

Josh
Josh

Washington, DC

"Looks can be deceiving."

Nick
Nick

Washington, DC

"I'm a skater and proud of it."

JR
JR

New York, NY

"My personality is comedy."

Concepcion
Concepcion

Washington, DC

"I have nothing to hide."

Ariel
Ariel

Bethesda, MD

"I wish I was a cat."

Dana
Dana

Brooklyn, NY

"Honestly, I’m just trying to wear as much denim as possible."

Present Company (The Right to Choose)
Johannes
Butch
Susie
Shi-Queeta-Lee
Madeleine
Bill
Natalia
Mark
Anne
Celeste
Alyson
Epiphany Lee
Steve
Gaby
Sarakiel
Steve
Heidi Glüm
Nia
JJ with her pet rat
Tuesday
Herb
Marlene
Bethany
Jess and Roman
Rebecca
Markita
John
India
Hortensia
Tiffani
Katie and Zarema
Whit
Brittany
Tyrone
Kate
Julio
Elijah Nature Boy
Deanna
Pete
William
Austin
Meg
Logan
Holly
Chelsea and Sierra
Frank
Katie
Kaspr
Josh
Nick
JR
Concepcion
Ariel
Dana
Present Company (The Right to Choose)

Present Company (2010 - 2017) is a longterm portrait series documenting the people I’ve met, if only in passing, since November 2010. I’ve accumulated over 500 portraits - all on different variations of instant film.

Accompanying each portrait is the individual’s name, where we found each other, and a short comment or question they’ve chosen to record.

I’ve omitted any other details behind each encounter in an attempt to reduce the influence of my own perspective and allow each subject the opportunity to be seen as they would like to be seen - to be understood beyond my impression.

Johannes

Washington, DC

"I would like people to know how my life is going. If you ask me now, everything’s fine. If you ask me tomorrow...it depends."

Butch

Gettysburg, PA

"Where’s all the gold?"

Susie

Washington, DC

"I'm not quiet and shy like people think I am."

Shi-Queeta-Lee

Washington, DC

"How do you really feel about Drag Queens?"

Madeleine

Bethesda, MD

"I like lions."

Bill

Gettysburg, PA

"I ain't never met no stranger. When I met these boys, I'd never seen them before but they weren't strangers."

Natalia

Washington, DC

"I am too nice."

Mark

Washington, DC

"What would you at 9 think of you now?"

Anne

Rockville, MD

"I’m gonna be OKAY! And maybe even better."

Celeste

Richmond, VA

"I am a human."

Alyson

Spicewood, TX

"What is happiness to you?"

Epiphany Lee

Washington, DC

"I am not just a pretty face. I am a talented, driven entertainer that wants to use her talent to change the world and people’s perception of transgender girls like me."

Steve

Washington, DC

"My father has had more to do with shaping modern society worldwide than almost anyone you could ever meet. And no matter what you think of me - you may look down on me - I've experienced more than most people have. Good and bad."

Gaby

Brooklyn, NY

"I've never been afraid of anyone. I've only been afraid of myself."

Sarakiel

Washington, DC

"May I have your permission to be an astronaut?"

Steve

Washington, DC

"I hold a deep sadness that my first wife, who passed away when she was 26, has not been able to see our son grow up and have two children of his own."

Heidi Glüm

Washington, DC

"I'm actually nice, I just look like a bitch."

Nia

Brooklyn, NY

"I'm a loving person."

JJ with her pet rat

Nevada City, MT

"How have you changed the world for the better?"

Tuesday

New York, NY

"I actually enjoy letting people form their own opinions about me - it’s more reflective of their personalities than mine and I end up getting a peek into their psyche."

Herb

Crystal Falls, MI

"What's your name?"

Marlene

Marlene

Dillsburg, PA

"I'm an astrophysicist in a waitress uniform."

Bethany

Washington, DC

"What’s the first song you downloaded on Napster?"

Jess and Roman

Washington, DC

Jess: "Do you believe in second chances?"

Roman: "Wanna be friends?"

Rebecca

Boulder, CO

"What was your mother like?"

Markita

Washington, DC

"I have a big heart."

John

Washington, DC

"I was molested by a Catholic priest. I was put in this position. I never intended to be here. I’m just reacting to the ignorance of the Catholic Church. Their cowardice put me here."

India

Long Island, NY

"I know I don’t know how much I don’t know, but at least I know that."

Hortensia

Annapolis, MD

"I’d like people to know where I come from. From Cuba. Because I’m so proud of it."

Tiffani

Washington, DC

"I freaking love unicorns."

Katie and Zarema

Miami, FL

Kate: "Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever had sex?"

Zarema: "When was the last time you experienced euphoria?"

Whit

Washington, DC

"I love working with my hands, and after many years of fighting my natural inclination towards something creative, I’ve decided to take the plunge and forge my own path. And while it’s terrifying, I couldn’t be more excited about having a dream and making it (eventually) come true for myself."

Brittany

Brooklyn, NY

"I've come a long way."

Tyrone

Washington, DC

"I want people to remember me for me. I don’t sit around and boast about me, but that God works through me. It’s not about the papers and it’s not about how much money I make. Not about how many people I meet and make them have a better day. It’s about Jesus. Love."

Kate

Richmond, VA

"Are you a dreamer?"

Julio

Sheridan, MT

“I’m a dad.”

Elijah Nature Boy

Washington, DC

"If a dog meowed and a cat barked, what's wrong with that picture? Now, I don't know the answer to that one. It's the only question I don't know the answer to yet."

Deanna

Baltimore, MD

"I like to keep my shit private."

Pete

Brooklyn, NY

“I’m really stubborn and have control issues.”

William

New York, NY

"If you have something nice, take care of it. Remember: 'You've got to take the good with the bad, smile when you're sad, remember what you've lost and love what you have.'"

Austin

New York, NY

"I'd sky dive for a dollar as long as you pay for all the other stuff."

Meg

Washington, DC

"I’m strong-willed and independent."

Logan

New York, NY

"Would you like to have sex?"

Holly

Washington, DC

"I’m the antithesis of a girly girl."

Chelsea and Sierra

Leesylvania State Park, VA

Chelsea: "I believe in fairies."

Sierra: "How do you think you're going to die?"

Frank

Woodstock, NY

"Who are you? This is me."

Katie

New York, NY

"I want rainbow hair. Forever. Mostly, pink, orange, purple, blue and yellow…stripes."

Kaspr

Austin, TX

"I like writing on shit."

Josh

Washington, DC

"Looks can be deceiving."

Nick

Washington, DC

"I'm a skater and proud of it."

JR

New York, NY

"My personality is comedy."

Concepcion

Washington, DC

"I have nothing to hide."

Ariel

Bethesda, MD

"I wish I was a cat."

Dana

Brooklyn, NY

"Honestly, I’m just trying to wear as much denim as possible."

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