Distant Reflections: Why I Am a Photographer
In 2012, I picked up the book “The Ragged Edge of the World"
As I began to explore the world the thought emerged to share what I was seeing and on safari in Botswana I once again picked up a camera. I wanted to tell the stories about the places and people that were my honor to witness and to share them with the world.
Why am I a photographer? I am a photographer because the act of photography makes me a braver person. It pulls me to go places and experience situations where I am uncomfortable. My desire to capture images pushes me to find a more courageous place inside of myself and has helped me to stretch and grow as a person.
Photography is difficult. It is the blend of right and left brain thinking; so much technical knowledge is
In my personal work, I’ve adopted National Geographic’s mission of visual storytelling: “to touch hearts, raise awareness of urgent issues and take people on journeys to places they will never go”. Although my reach isn’t as great, I hope to add my verse to the chorus of photographers who believe that images are a powerful force, not only for personal growth but for social change. Through my images and stories I feel like I am fulfilling my life’s purpose to “Help people see a bigger picture”.
Distant Reflections, a photography exhibition of Ivy Gordon’s work will be on display at Bread and Cie Cafe from June 29th through July 28th. All proceeds will benefit Outside the Lens' mission of empowering youth through photography,