Before March, 2011, I was a photographic retoucher based in New York City.
We're pale, gray creatures.
We hide in dark, windowless rooms, and generally avoid sunlight.
We make skinny models skinnier, perfect skin more perfect, and the impossible possible,
-and we get criticized in the press all the time,
but some of us are actually talented artists
with years of experience and a real appreciation for images and photography.
On March 11, 2011, I watched from home, as the rest of the world did, as the tragic events unfolded in Japan.
Soon after, an organization I volunteer with,
All Hands Volunteers, were on the ground, within days, working as part of the response efforts.
I, along with hundreds of other volunteers, knew we couldn't just sit at home,
so I decided to join them for three weeks.
On May the 13th, I made my way to the town of Ohfunato.