I am a California girl living in Geneva, Switzerland.
I found photojournalism five years back when I took solace with photography during a difficult time in my life. I captured street portraits of displaced persons in several countries, auctioned off the pictures at an event that I organised in Geneva and gave the proceeds to a local food bank feeding 2,000 people in need. I went through this process purely on instinct but yearned to learn of parameters for excellence and professionalism, which lead me to apply to the Master of Arts programme for guidance and experience. I have had no regrets. I love the academic and photographic practice thus far at two terms into the studies. And I continue to grow in my affection for photojournalism even more with time.
Photojournalism gives me license to explore social issues and current events in a way I would never otherwise have the opportunity. It gives me the privilege to meet a diverse mix of people, hear their stories and make it come to life through images. Photography gives me voice for my bias’, interests, hopes and dreams so that hopefully some day I may make a positive impact on humanity. Specifically, I have discovered an interest in first world social issues.
My professors have given me food for thought…..
- You never know where a project is going to take you.
- Make photo text resonating.
- Think through your motivations. What ethically is the value of your presence?
- What is your point of view?
- What can you contribute that has not been done before?
- You have to be both thick skinned and incredibly sensitive to take in the emotion.
- In photo reportage, start with the beginning and the end first, then fill in the rest.
- Own the story telling process.
- How do you want to represent yourself? What type of photographer do you want to be?
Join me now as I look for answers.
Help me find the way – I would love to hear from you.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.