Bio

sandra-tofino2012
Photo by Peter Kort. Long Beach, Tofino, BC.

Who I am:

I am a writer, a photographer, a dancer, a dreamer. I like slow food, fresh air, handmade mugs, hand knit socks, cryptic crosswords, and Saturday mornings with no place to go. I believe tea is best steeped in a teapot and life is best lived generously. I am never bored.

What I do and why I love it:

My working life revolves around two artistic practices: writing and photography.  Both practices require me to be open to the world—alert, responsive, humble, intuitive. Paying attention to the beauty and tragedy of life, in all its intimate details, makes me a better storyteller, whether I’m speaking with words or images.

It gives me joy to inspire others to a fresh appreciation of the unfolding stories of their lives. As a photographer, I count it a privilege to come alongside individuals and families to use my skills as a photographer so that, together, we can craft images of the unique beauty of each person and each shared moment. As a workshop facilitator, I get to encourage people of all ages and walks of life to take a second look at the world around them, to trust their instincts and curiosity to take them deeper, and to express what they see and feel through images that are both beautiful and personally meaningful. It’s easy for me to throw myself into my work whole-heartedly.

I believe stories are important. Stories sustain us, inspire us, console us; they make us laugh, and cry, and think, and think again. Thank you for sharing your stories with me.