Short Bio (the outside story):

Born and raised in Massachusetts, moved to New York in 2013 and now call the

Hudson Valley home.  Graduated University of Massachusetts in Literature,

Education and Philosophy, and have an unfinished masters in creative writing. I taught high

school english and yoga for years before becoming a mother in 2014 to the best

little teacher of all.  

I've had several "work" in carnations in this life but they all speak to

my obsession with human stories.  Whether it is photography, writing or teaching,

I am inlove with people and our ability to grow despite, or maybe because of, challenging

circumstances.  

Longer Bio (the inside story):

I would have been well suited for the traveling carnival as a trapeze artist/photojournalist.  That would have been a perfect job for me in a lot of ways.  I imagine I would have had a wooden trailer with a cozy bed nest, that shimmied and creaked while we moved from town to town, and a stack of books that constantly fell everywhere.   By night, I'd flip around inside the striped tent while wearing outrageously sparkly outfits, and by day I would walk around taking pictures and learning and writing about all of the people, and what they were up to.  

 

Alas, I did not go that route, but sharing this true blue carnie truth about me tells you a lot.

 

A therapist once told me, "you're like a horse - strong, but spooks easy - you need blinders."  Truer words were never spoken.  I have a lot of energy and notice too much stuff too much of the time and this has not always been great.  Blinders would be useful.

But as a photographer and a writer, these traits are gold. All the magic and love I see underneath surface level goes right into my camera to make you a picture so you can see it in time memorial forever. 

Everyone's life is so different.  Everyone's soul, so unique.  What are your particular peculiarities?  What makes you tick?  What is your family's traveling carnival like? My aim is to honor these beautiful individualities with my pictures.  

I feel a close connection to people who have come from hard circumstances and have used those struggles as a rope up.  People who can't conform, who live on the outskirts.  I have a big heart and eye for that quality in all of us that teeters back and forth between shame and acceptance around who we are.  And I have an even bigger heart for the under dog inside each one of us screaming to be set free.  I want my work to help empower all of us to embrace our quirky profundities despite culture, expectations and circumstance, or maybe, even, because of them.  

Mostly, I want my work to remind you of who you are - a magical being filled with endless possibility.

Lots of love,

V

"Listen to the MUSTN'TS child,

listen to the DON'TS,

listen to the SHOULDN'TS, the IMPOSSIBLES, the WON'TS,

listen to the NEVER-HAVES,

then listen close to me -

ANYTHING can happen child,

anything can be.

-shel silverstein

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