I recently traveled to the Badlands and Pine Ridge, South Dakota for the purpose of shooting a new portfolio. After weeks of research, I booked my flights, hotels, rental car, and extra photography equipment for the trip. I was particularly drawn to the story of the Wounded Knee 4-Directions Skate Park. The park was created as an effort of the community to give the youth of Pine Ridge something constructive to do and a safe place to be. What I didn't expect was how close the community at the park is and how much the youth encourage and mentor each other.
I was able to spend a few days in Pine Ridge and the surrounding area, as well as two days in the Badlands. It was truly the most beautiful place I have ever been and encourage everyone to visit sometime.
This portfolio is dedicated to the youth from Pine Ridge. I want to thank you for taking the time to visit with me and being so welcoming. Your spirit is inspirational!