One of my first photos

I was recently asked to speak at my old university about my experiences and life as a photographer. In preparation for the class I decided to look for some of my old photos and stumbled upon this one. This was the moment I fell in love with photography.

This image showed me the power of a single image, it bears signs of the hardships she has survived, stories she has yet to tell and a life I want to learn more about. Her energy and her unforgettable eyes still captivate me to this day. I don't know her exact age or name, but I remember the day my friend O'Bandelle brought me to her house in 1995. She lives in St Vincent with her family and to this day likely has no idea how our meeting transformed my life.