Simply put, DeShelia is an artist who loves telling story through her camera lens. Starting out as the photographer for her high school yearbook staff, she learned quickly that an image could change the way people think and feel - oftentimes for the better. A graduate of Duke's Center for Documentary Studies and a former student of the Maine Photographic Workshops, she continues to use her creative eye to tell stories that move us in a powerful way.
fishermen of maine
During the summer of 2012, the Fishermen of Maine came to life. It shares a side of the fishing community that isn't commercialized. But more about the hardworking people who take to the seas each day to make a living for their families.
haiti: life after the quake
January 12, 2010, an earthquake severely damaged the island of Haiti. More than 220,000 lives were lost with hundreds of thousands of survivors being displaced. In April of that year, I traveled with a group to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to offer aid.
curing: tobacco farming
Tobacco farming in North Carolina goes back to the 17th and 18th century when the economy was dwarfed and farmers needed to produce a living off their land. Today, many farms have ceased production due to lack of domestic demand.