In 2010, I was given an assignment by my high school photography teacher that required us to photograph strangers out in public. After he showed us the work of Mary Ellen Mark, I excitedly went out and took portraits of biker gangs in North Shore and the large homeless population that makes up O'ahu. It was exhilarating to connect with complete strangers and bond with them within a matter of minutes. I quickly fell in love with the concept of this assignment and grew deeply fascinated by the untold stories of everyone around me. I wanted to give a voice to as many people as I could, but mainly to those that were often overlooked and misjudged. This desire urged me to start my 365 Strangers Project. Those days turned into months and those months turned into years, and 5, 6 years later, I'm still photographing and interviewing people almost every day.