Manuel Gamboa III lost his brother, Kyle Gamboa, to suicide off the Golden Gate Bridge in 2013. He said his brother never told him he was struggling with anything and to this day he doesn’t know why he left them. Depression overtook Manuel for years, but he has recently decided that Kyle wouldn’t have wanted to hold him back, so now he is seeking to live the kind of life that makes people happy - the kind of life he knew Kyle would live.
Brunner, 85, a survivor of prostate cancer, cares for his wife, Peggy, 84, with Alzheimer's in Erwin, Tenn. She was diagnosed in 2013, but long before that they agreed, “to spend the last dime they got to avoid nursing homes.” Each day they read four different versions of the Bible. Brunner cooks and cleans and says that Peggy, “helps where she can.”
Charles Curtis Blackwell is bathed in sunlight at Youth Spirit Artworks in Berkeley, Calif., where he works as a writing mentor for students. After an accident in college, he lost his tunnel vision and now only sees through his peripheral vision, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming a painter.
Ilisha Webster, left, and Izzy Webster, right, pose for a portrait after their high school graduation from Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, Ky.
A young girl dances a Scottish Sword Dance at the Highland Games in Burntisland, Scotland.
Winkie Dawkins, a level-five consultant for skincare company Rodan and Fields, wears her favorite Lily Pulitzer dress in her home in Louisville, Ky.
John Timmons, a sophomore in Air Force ROTC at Ohio University salutes for a portrait in Athens, Ohio. Timmons won GMC Cadet of the Year after only being in AFROTC for one semester. He plans to go onto flight school after graduation.
Carlos Smith stands with his GMC Seiara Denali at his home in San Leandro, Calif. His truck was repossessed multiple times by an allegedly fraudulent loan company over the course of four years.
Isabelle Kamlongera stands in front of the lights at Diwali held at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Samantha Stallings, of Louisville, Ky., is 6 foot 3 inches and the assistant sports information director at the University of the Cumberlands. She had surgery in 8th grade due to OC Fusion, a heart defect, and for the past 10 years has attended Camp Braveheart for youth with heart problems. Even though her friends have either passed on or moved away, she continues to attend as a volunteer. "I see kids running around and I think, 'They need to cherish this time together because they don't know how long they'll have,'" she says.
Sallie Sauber, a graduate student at Ohio University studying photojournalism, poses for a portrait at the Athens Skate Park in Athens, Ohio. Sauber skated as a young girl, picked it back up four years ago and occasionally competes as part of the Appalachian Hell Betties Roller Derby Team.
Donna Sloan wears a Sassy Millinery hat from Australia on Kentucky Oaks Day in Louisville, Ky.
Kari Orvik, a fine art and documentary photographer, is seen reflected on her 8x10 view camera that points toward Mission Street in San Francisco. She runs her own Tintype studio and in addition to her work she documents the people in her Mission neighborhood.