Normally these things are written in the 3rd person which always sounds like contrived art school bullshit to me so I’ll spare you that.  My name is Derek.  I didn’t go to college.  I haven’t been shown in any major galleries or published by anyone other than Kinko’s Copies.  I’ve been photographing since the 90’s and have been lucky enough to travel despite not having a trust fund.  I’m not particularly handsome so my instagram feed doesn’t feature my tan legs in a chaise lounge over looking a white sand beach or photos of beautiful waify european ladies with fashionable sunglasses and just the right amount of lens flare.  I live in South East Virginia where we have lots of swampland and agriculture and some of the crappiest beaches on the east coast.