“Pass the gull-durn crumpets, pendejo,” I might utter if I were to speak with the multiple cultural influences in my life. My father’s Grapes of Wrath-paralleling parents led him to be raised by Okies in Southern California, and mother was born on U.S. soil to British parents and siblings. I took my first breath in Madrid, Spain, and ended up in Albuquerque at the age of two. I grew up in the South Valley, catching horned toads, walking my dog along the acequias, and being ever-vigilant at dusk, lest I fall prey to La Llorona.
I grew up with multi-ethnic influences in some of Albuquerque, New Mexico’s oldest neighborhoods, and am the son of an archaeologist. This background inspired a deep interest in history and anthropology, and after years of working in restaurants and construction, I went back to school, resulting in a B.A. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2015, with a focus on New Mexico’s historical, physical, and cultural landscapes.
I have worked on oral history projects for the Bureau of Land Management and UNM’s Chicano Studies Department, written and photographed for the Albuquerque Journal, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and numerous other clients. My photos can be found in magazines, newspapers, calendars, t-shirts, and brochures, plus I have independently documented numerous people and places of historical and anthropological interest through both writing and photography.
I’m a food enthusiast, Depeche Mode fan, and a firm believer in the Oxford comma.
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