In the fall of 2010, I began photographing the life of a passionate young man named Devin, from Washington Heights, NY. Born and raised in the same low-income housing apartment building that his family had lived in for over 50 years, Devin knew the streets and the culture of his primarily Dominican neighborhood like the back of his hand. Based on his creative interests and steadfast workmanship, it was clear that Devin was willing to do whatever it took to obtain his dream that would prove to be an enormous challenge. In the last five years, research has showed that residents from Washington Heights have completed fewer years of education than those in NYC overall and have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. However, although Devin had experienced emotional and physical abuse from his family who hardly supported his efforts or his education, he was willing to attempt to defeat the odds set against him. As a senior in High School, he began to study fashion and eventually landed himself an internship at Diane Von Furstenburg in Manhattan's elite fashion industry. Upon graduating, Devin was accepted into Savannah College of Art & Design on scholarship and is proud to be the first person in his family to attend college. In a handmade feather neck piece and a black blazer, Devin is courageously taking steps towards becoming the fashion designer he knew he could be.