Photography Lens Kit


Theory Lens

Theory Lens

You probably won’t meet too many photographers with a Ph.D. in the social sciences, but maybe it’s time you did. So much of my community psychology and social justice academic background informs my intentional approach to photography.
Practice Lens

Practice Lens

My 10+ years in domestic and international community development work has made me highly attuned to the ethical needs of the humanitarian and photojournalism sector. It’s time there’s a new norm for ethical and human-centered photography.
Storytelling Lens

Storytelling Lens

I’ve worked in personal branding and do freelance web design and copywriting. I’ve also facilitated storytelling workshops for both youth programs and undergraduate classes. Basically, I’ll make sure your images are more than just documentation.

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What You Can Expect


Personalization

Whether it’s for your nonprofit branding, next fundraising campaign, or research assignment, I can help you use visual storytelling to its full potential. I’ve worked with a range of professionals: from the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector, to academic researchers in higher ed. We’ll share and align visions before we move forward.

Professionalism

I’ve worked in communications, so I know how frustrating it can be to work with an unreliable and unresponsive person or agency. No more waiting around for the photographer to show up or waiting weeks for the final, processed images – I’ll make sure our communication lines are wide open and the expectations are transparent.

Affordability

Trust me- I know how it feels to work for a small non-profit. My sliding scale rates model is meant to tackle this “equity over equality” issue and make sure that a) the most under-resourced professionals can still gain access to quality services, and b) the most deserving stories can be respectfully seen and heard.
 

Portfolio


Humanitarian

Humanitarian

Personal

Personal

Exhibitions

Exhibitions

     

Testimonials


Julian Cadena
“When a photograph evokes immediate empathy, you become invested in a stranger’s story in a way that the strange is washed out and you are left with familiarity. Hy’s work captures universal human feelings and presents them naturally. It is evident in each photograph that the moment captured is carefully framed but spontaneous in form. You get a feeling of being in the middle of the story without intruding, which speaks to Hy’s skills in making the effortful seem effortless.”
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Nghi Phan
“Hy is able to capture the LIFE in people, their moments of progress and milestones, small and large; their moments of promise; their humanity. A lot of times what is missing from humanitarian organization websites, is real, in-the-moment photos in which the personality and humanity of the individuals and community served shine through. There’s a great need for the humanitarian field to capture the essence of individuals in the real moments, and I truly believe they need someone like Hy to fill that niche.”
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Elizabeth Green
“I see Hy’s work as both thoughtful and thought provoking- much of his work displays his perspective and invites the viewer into contemplation themselves. His work is deeply respectful. His photos never feel voyeuristic. He’s able to capture a person or place in such a way that the viewer can feel the respect, love, and connection he feels to his subject. In this way, his photos feel more like sharing than displaying. This is an incredible talent and a common thread in his work (and his way of being in this world).”
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Featured Blog Posts


Research Storytelling in El Salvador.

Research Storytelling in El Salvador.

In November 2017, I took a work trip to El Salvador for a research site visit and a humanitarian photography gig. It was my first research storytelling job based in Latin America for a project very parallel to my dissertation topic. The project, titled “The National Evaluation of Quality of Childcare in El Salvador”, focused on improving the caregiving environments for vulnerable children by effecting changes within childcare centers and orphanages.

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Finding My Ikigai While In Santa Monica.

Finding My Ikigai While In Santa Monica.

There’s a Japanese concept that I love called ikigai that means “a reason for being” or “a reason to get up in the morning.” According to Japanese culture, everyone has an ikigai. Finding it often requires a deep and lengthy search of self, but it’s usually a sweet spot made from a combination of four things: what you love, what you’re good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs.

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Marigold Garlands For Healing.

Marigold Garlands For Healing.

“In the end, only three things matter how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” I lost one of my best friends this week. I’ve cried more in the last week than I’ve cried in the past ten years. I’ve hugged loved ones longer and tighter than I ever have before. And yet, throughout this full-on grieving process with our close circle of friends, I’ve also experienced such a healing new depth of love.

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