My photography has evolved from the hobby of documenting performance and travel into an exploration of identity. As a teacher at a high school, I encourage expression through brave considerations of selfhood, viewed through the prisms of economic, racial, and gender identity. In doing so, it occurs to me that the public school teacher, generally expected to present themselves conservatively, send a confusing message to young artists. My photography is a way for me to challenge my own idea of how I present my truth to the world, an uncomfortable but illustrative process.