He doesn’t sit still well, Zachary Reid.
He lived in six states and attended seven schools by the time he was 14, and he never really learned how to settle in anywhere. But that’s all right. You know what you know, and what he knows is how to be antsy.
And he found a way to turn being restless, and perhaps a touch socially awkward, into a career telling stories: as a writer, photographer and painter. He has been paid to write for magazines and newspapers for more than 25 years. The photos have come with the words, and increasingly by themselves. The paintings just come, visual manifestations of a restless mind.
He has written about and photographed travel and international outreach projects in places including Cuba, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico and Peru. He has reported on the Middle Eastern refugee crisis from Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary. He has also traveled and written about the route the Mississippi River takes from its Minnesota headwaters to where it disappears into the Gulf of Mexico just past a shrimp boat marina in Louisiana, and about relief work in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina left that city in shambles.
He lives in Richmond, Va., with his wife and whichever of his four mostly grown children are around at the moment.