Visual Storyteller - Washington, DC
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Mylasia

Mylasia Blocker is a typical 12-year-old girl. Kind, funny, and genuinely curious, she is unbelievably easy to like. Her bedroom is small and ferociously pink – pink walls, pink curtains, pink bed sheets, a pink makeup case – although she insists her favorite color is blue. She dreams of graduating from high school and going on to college, and she would be the first person in her family to do so. She wants to be a fashion designer – but, sometimes, a teacher, singer, rapper and dancer, too. Despite her love for color and fashion, there is something that sets Mylasia apart: she is visually impaired.

Mylasia was born blind, with optic nerve hypoplasia, or underdeveloped optic nerves. She was never supposed to see. Her mother fears she may lose her eyesight completely.

Uplift

Triumph The Church & Kingdom of God in Christ is a community church nestled just northeast of downtown Rochester, N.Y. The church is in the neighborhood Group 14621, more commonly referred to as 14621 — its zip code. 14621 has been hit hard by economic and social hardship and it's streets are often referred to as some of the roughest in the city. For the members of Triumph, the church is a refuge; a place where music has the power to lift people up and, even temporarily, out of their current circumstances. 

Redefining Family

Blended and often unmarried, or "nuclear," families are becoming increasingly common in the United States. Paul Lorkovich and Jennifer Holfeltz (cq) live in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, with their six children, three cats, one dog, and a parakeet. The one thing that they do not have is a marriage certificate. November, 2013.

Paul Batz: Farrier

Paul Batz, 35, has been in the equine farrier industry for over 18 years. A farrier is a blacksmith that specializes in shoeing horses and maintaining the health of their feet. October, 2013.

Mylasia

Mylasia Blocker is a typical 12-year-old girl. Kind, funny, and genuinely curious, she is unbelievably easy to like. Her bedroom is small and ferociously pink – pink walls, pink curtains, pink bed sheets, a pink makeup case – although she insists her favorite color is blue. She dreams of graduating from high school and going on to college, and she would be the first person in her family to do so. She wants to be a fashion designer – but, sometimes, a teacher, singer, rapper and dancer, too. Despite her love for color and fashion, there is something that sets Mylasia apart: she is visually impaired.

Mylasia was born blind, with optic nerve hypoplasia, or underdeveloped optic nerves. She was never supposed to see. Her mother fears she may lose her eyesight completely.

Uplift

Triumph The Church & Kingdom of God in Christ is a community church nestled just northeast of downtown Rochester, N.Y. The church is in the neighborhood Group 14621, more commonly referred to as 14621 — its zip code. 14621 has been hit hard by economic and social hardship and it's streets are often referred to as some of the roughest in the city. For the members of Triumph, the church is a refuge; a place where music has the power to lift people up and, even temporarily, out of their current circumstances. 

Redefining Family

Blended and often unmarried, or "nuclear," families are becoming increasingly common in the United States. Paul Lorkovich and Jennifer Holfeltz (cq) live in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, with their six children, three cats, one dog, and a parakeet. The one thing that they do not have is a marriage certificate. November, 2013.

Paul Batz: Farrier

Paul Batz, 35, has been in the equine farrier industry for over 18 years. A farrier is a blacksmith that specializes in shoeing horses and maintaining the health of their feet. October, 2013.

Mylasia
Uplift
Redefining Family
Paul Batz: Farrier