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It’s world photography day and this summer also marks my 10 year anniversary as a photographer.
Although a passion for photography has run in my family, I discovered it for myself at 14 when my family bought it’s first digital point and shoot and I became obsessed with photographing my mom, my sisters, and the community of neighbours and friends around me. Quickly after, I was photographing weddings, family portraits, and entering/winning conceptual photography competitions while in high school. Doing my bachelor’s degree in photography was the best decision I ever made, it pushed me to make photographs about the topics I cared about, to use it to have a voice and a perspective, and to find a photographic community. Through the years I tried to define the kind of photographer I am and called myself different things… a commercial photographer, a portrait photographer, an editorial photographer, a photo based artist… but I’ve come to realize that I’m all the above. I’m a storyteller who uses photography to communicate messages and connect with people across the globe, and it takes place online, in galleries, on magazine pages, and (recently) on billboards.
Photography has become my entire life: my creative outlet, my way of connecting with others, my channel to create change, and contribute to the world. It’s beyond a job, or a hobby, being a photographer is how I walk through life.
Today I celebrate this beautiful medium and how grateful I am that I found it and pursued it. I am grateful for all the people who use photography to make change in the world, who share their stories through it, who show us all kinds of beauty, and to the editors, curators, art directors etc. who support, celebrate, uplift, and make space for our work. Especially those who are dedicated to diversifying who gets to work behind the lens.
Here are some of my favourite photography accounts & photographers (tag ones that inspire you below!): @girlgaze @womenphotograph @oliviabee @siandavey1 @luisadorr @colettedebarros #LaToyaRubyFrazier @tdnphoto @amberbmahoney @joeyldotcom @othergirl_julia @petrafcollins #PaoloRoversi #AnnieLeibovitz #RinekeDijkstra just to name a FEW.