Being born into a family of artists and musicians, I’ve always wanted to create.
My whole life I’ve enjoyed many forms of art and eventually began to think about what type of art I can make for people. Being able to create a simple photo, painting or song that can portrays emotion and influence others’ feelings and thoughts is all I’ve ever wanted to do. After a major setback in my life, I began to wonder what I’m doing and who I am as a creator. After a while, I recognized the need to focus on forms of art like music, poetry and photography to help me heal myself. These nonconformist expressions of the mind, body and soul have saved my life on countless occasions. After joining the Project Identity Photography program, I felt like I could hone in on these art forms and I gained a better understanding and more motivation for photography. Telling people stories through still images and realizing how the images can affect them is satisfying and allows me to be better understood as both a person and artist. - Evan, age 17.