In my upbringing my mother's face was constantly replaced with a camera - even before I made it to the world. With nothing but her enthusiasm and the desire to perpetuate what is now and what has been, photography naturally became an object of fascination as I grew older.
I’ve wanted to be a photographer for as long as I remember. Photography has had a strong connection to my personal development. It’s not just a light capturing machine. It has been and still is a compensation for my voice and a drain for my thoughts and feelings. I’ve always found myself short of words and on the other hand full of thoughts and feelings. So as soon as I found that I could use photography as a medium for expression, the camera naturally became an extended part of me.
I used the majority of my children’s savings to improve my photography skills. In that process I came to find that photography should not be my only focus in life, career-wise. I felt that having to make a living off photography really challenged the playful energy I had towards it – and so did obligations to execute orders from others.
So, I decided to start on a professional non-creative education - something that also felt meaningful to me. In 1.5 years I’m going to be a graduate in Occupational therapy. It’s really something else, but I don’t mind. I have a strong feeling that my photography will be so much better when it comes from a place that is driven, playful and free. And that a balance between something earthbound and creative will give me the balance in life that I need in order to feel at peace.