We are so, so fortunate to know the talented Hannah Cordero. We are even more fortunate to call her our friend and our intern. (She was here with us for the fall of 2014 and is coming back for these late summer months.)
She is smart, hilarious, fun, passionate, beautiful and hardworking. We love her so much and are happy to feature her as this month's artist.
I received my first point and shoot film camera at the age of nine for my birthday. And even though I ruined my first roll of film (so sad!), that didn’t stop me from taking hundreds and hundreds of more photos afterwards. Being able to capture a precious moment and keep it forever inspired me. And that’s basically how my interest in photography all started.
Throughout the years, my passion for photographs slowly turned into a passion for art. I started taking different art classes and experimenting with both film and digital photography. I took photos of anything that caught my eye: architecture, plants, landscapes, etc. I even started setting up my own fashion shoots and made my friends dress up and pose for me. At sixteen, I took my first B&W film photography class and completed my first photography portfolio. Soon, people started asking me to shoot engagement photos, weddings, family photos, and more!
Later in 2012, I decided to join a photojournalism school that traveled the world while teaching you to use your photography for God and missions. It was a completely different aspect of photography I hadn’t tried before but I was up for the challenge. My perspectives on photography, people, missions, and the world were drastically tested and changed. I grew so much in my photography and my reasons for why I did photography changed.
Now, I do photography not just because I enjoy it or because of the money you can make but because I now realize photos have such an incredible power to speak. They have the power to challenge perspectives, provoke change, inspire hope, cause tears to flow, strike chords in people’s hearts. Without even saying a single word aloud, a photo can speak volumes.
My hope with photography is to break barriers, change perspectives, evoke emotion, and inspire. I want each photo I take to have meaning and purpose. I want to tug at the deepest parts of people’s hearts and souls.
I don’t expect to be perfect at this anytime soon…or ever really. But I figure as long as I head in that direction and keep moving, things will happen. Even if I affect one person in a good way with my photos, I’m happy. :)
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