HENRY & CAROLINE

From the moment we joined forces back in 2014, Henry and I have been close companions and veterans of the road. And it all began as an unexpected surprise. Out of the blue I received a text from a rescue group with a picture of Henry dangling in the arms of an Animal Control officer, eyes wide and howling. The text said he had been found hiding under a house in Merced, California, orphaned along with his siblings. Would I foster? I looked closer at Henry with dawning amazement. In the space of a few moments I was a new parent.

 
 

When I brought Henry home, he dashed under my bed. After a while I set water and food at the perimeter of his den, along with a green stuffed frog almost his size. I watched from the doorway as he poked his head out, took a drink of water, and dragged the frog back under the bed to join him. In time, he ventured out to see what I was doing in other parts of the house, and soon enough we were taking to the sidewalks, trails and beaches.

...meanwhile, the seeds of this project were sprouting.

 
 

During my last months before giving up employment, I created this website, filmed the first interviews, and became more and more committed to documenting and understanding the experiences of others and the mechanisms of society. Then came the point when I had to choose: commit to the project travels and demands, or continue the struggle to keep our home and make ends meet. The road prevailed, and the experience of living moment to moment in pursuit of this project has added a lived dimension to the work.

 
 

We travel to scheduled interviews around the country, and we encounter people, places and activities that I document spontaneously. I film with a combination of DSLR, GoPro and dedicated video cameras depending on the situation, and I record audio on the fly or with body microphones. I edit in Final Cut Pro, and share photos and clips via this website and Instagram and Facebook. In many photos Henry is in the foreground looking at the same scene I am. While I can only imagine what impressions he may be having, the presence of another, and of another species, helps to reinforce one of the aims of the project, which is to appreciate different perspectives and the shared nature of all life.

 
 

After many years producing multimedia for companies, universities and nonprofits, and publishing the memoir BORDERLINES with Random House, I now devote my time to gathering interviews, stories and images from around the country, creating the project's forthcoming films and books from those experiences, and offering multimedia services to people and communities whose needs are underserved or voices unheard.

For more information about my background you can follow this link, and to know more about Henry, check out his two-page National Geographic spread.