"As we drifted towards this blandly amorphous generic world view not only would we see the entire range of the human imagination reduced to a more narrow modality of thought, but that we would wake from a dream one day having forgotten there were even other possibilities." 
Margaret Mead

"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
Muriel Ruykeser


More than anything else, I believe in stories. I believe that we spin worlds and act out our lives from the stories that we live by, consciously and subconsciously. And it doesn't stop there. I believe that we heal and grow by expanding our stories, imagining other worlds, and discovering new ways of being. Other ways are possible; ways of living that are life-affirming, that allow us to be more human, and that connect us deeply to one another, the planet, and animals. There is space for all the ways, all the worlds, all the people, all the life.

This is the soil that my work grows out of, whether that's photography, video, branding & communications, or coaching. By working in the realm of stories and visuals, I strive to inspire others to feel and imagine more, to prompt questions and critical self-reflective investigations, and to resonate at the vibrational level of emotion, psyche, and spirit that exist before and beyond language.

I have a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master's degree in New Media Photojournalism from The GWU's Corcoran School of Arts and Design, and an Anthropology of Art certificate from CIESAS in Mexico City. I grew up Jewish and Queer in a small town in North Carolina, where it took me a long time to feel at home. My root system is there although I now live in San Francisco, California. Another big piece of my heart and mind reside in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where I lived on and off for five years. My studies, research, and work have primarily focused on bridge building, well-being, and "the good life" in the Americas. 
I'm fluent in Spanish and English.


Photo by Lynn Saville. 

Carey Averbook

Carey Averbook is a documentary photographer, multimedia storyteller, brand & communications strategist, and life coach based in San Francisco, California.
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