Fate exerts a powerful pull on our lives. As Greg Davis knows, it can drag you through the mud before it shows you the light at the end of the tunnel. For Davis, fate is his quest for meaning, his desire to connect his experiences with those of people worlds apart, to exhibit that we are all part of something greater than ourselves. After quitting his job in 2004 and selling most of his possessions, Greg went on a yearlong global soul-searching expedition. Nine months in, fate once again intervened to put him face-to-face with a Black Hmong blanket weaver in the highlands of Northern Vietnam. It was then that Greg captured an image that, unbeknownst to him, would weave their fates together and fill him with a new sense of purpose. Greg, who is represented by National Geographic Image Collection, worked his way from local festivals to international exhibitions. His first major solo exhibit for the Museum of the Southwest followed the stories of individual pilgrims to the 2013 Kumbh Mela, the largest religious pilgrimage in history, about which he also completed his first short documentary film, Cloth Paper Dreams. Ultimately, Greg hopes to return to mountains of Northern Vietnam to find the woman who changed his life and impacted so many others with a simple yet powerful image. Her still untold story is continuation of Greg’s own. One day, he hopes to share it with all of you.
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