We are Stevi and Mae // and this is Dust + Grit
This photography duo partnership was born out of a profound desire to seek depth in our work. An extension of creativity that we knew was bigger than ourselves.
We seek honest connections and lead with the desire to build relationships and community. We want to know your story, whether you believe it deserves to be told or not. We want to highlight your voice and shed light on the struggles and triumphs that led you to where you are now.
Your story doesn't need to be a complex one for us to tell it.
The Empowered Individual Seeking Badass Self Portraits.
Whatever your chapter, we're ready to help you illustrate it.
Stevi & Mae
My camera and I go way back, it all started in the summer of 97′. It was love at first snap… hah.
But in all seriousness, I did pick up my camera in my early teenage years and it was mostly out of a desire to connect with my family, friends, and myself. I was born in Colorado and raised in the south of England, two very different worlds that I wanted to understand each other, and photography was a very natural way for me to form that connection.
I would spend summers back in Colorado with camera in hand documenting all my adventures and learning what it meant to tell a story through the lens of my beloved 35mm and these summers encouraged me to go on and study photography and spend an absurd amount of time in the darkroom while in school.
To this day my passion and love for telling stories with my lens still holds strong and has evolved into this beautiful adventure that is Dust + Grit.
For me, it started with disposable cameras. At a very young age, I began snapping stills of my life and the world around me. I found great excitement in waiting weeks for rolls of film to be developed at the local Ben Franklin. These little stills became my journal and my story; moments in time I wanted to keep forever, for fear I wouldn't remember them otherwise.
Of course, with time, the stories I've been telling through my lens have evolved just as I have. My style, my intention, and my experience through this medium are constantly growing and changing.
For a long period of time, I ignored this art that I adored so much. Ignored for reasons that I know now are utter bullshit. For fear of not chasing what is "expected", fear of failing, fear of being different.
Well, fuck all that. Welcome to Dust + Grit, my latest story. A profound, empowering, beautiful chapter in my life that I'm thrilled to share with you.