My photography career began in the early 1990s, while I was working full time in neuroscience research. It started with a desire to do something creative in my spare time. As it happened, I discovered photography, but I never imagine it would change my life. I still remember the day I bought my first film camera. It was a BIG moment for me. I’d never used a 35mm before, but from that moment on, I existed in two worlds.
At first, I took simple was straight images of buildings, warehouses & bridges. At that time, I had already acquired a practical understanding of art: composition & general art history from my husband Marius who is a painter. However, I didn’t know anything about photography. So I took some classes, read books on photography & its photographers, but mainly I learned by just doing. Later, I became a student under Frank Espada, photojournalist and photographer. He challenged & pushed me beyond my boundaries & I’m deeply thankful for it.
It didn’t take long before I focused my attention on photographing people in real situations. I discovered that my eye gravities to seeing things differently. Photography is powerful gift: it’s challenging, unpredictable & necessary. My work method is to keep an open mind, engage in my surroundings & never take anything for granted. For me, I find most people open & accepting when I take their picture, but always try to approach with respect.
Over the years, I’ve traveled as far as Zimbabwe, Africa including the countryside of countries like Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos, where I photographed hill tribe Minorities. These are people who live in rustic surroundings in remote & mountainous areas. They are proud people under the overwhelming pressured of urbanization & globalization.
In 2017, I left academia & I’m now a full time photographer & photo essayist.