Omar is a graduate student, community builder, and photographer with over 15 years of experience shooting subjects, from portraits and wildlife, to macro and fire scenes. His experience in the arts spills over into academia, where he researches First-Responder mental health policy and barriers, with an ethnography lens inspired by the fire scene photography. He guest lectures on using elements of art and photography to enhance critical thinking skills, teaching students to consider different viewpoints and look at details that most people ignore. The key lesson art and research has taught him is to see the value of seeing the world from the eyes of your subject and get at their level. Omar’s work was featured on the Perimeter Project.