An East Texas native, I have worked as a visual journalist and copy editor for the Longview News-Journal, The Denver Post, and other publications. I serve as the campus photographer and graphic designer at Kilgore College, and moonlight as a fine art photographer (complete with a Master’s degree). Like many ET natives, I grew up resentful of my home area. Taking to heart Dorothea Lange’s quote, “a camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera,” I have turned my lens on this area and its people to see it all anew. I love the concept of The Tyler Loop, because it is this type of journalism that can change how one sees the familiar.