Photography mini-feature: Amanda J.

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Today’s photography profile features the work of Amanda J., based here in the American Midwest and just about to enter her twenties. I asked Amanda if she might tell us a little about herself, and here’s what she had to say…
“Hi, hello. My name’s Amanda. I come from Spain, but can currently be found in the good ‘ol Midwest. I’m 19 years old, one of three triplets. My work has slowly grown to become a visual extension of my brain and heart. It’s scary to expose such a personal side of yourself on something like the Internet, but since it’s here and all now in this day and age I guess I just want to use it to reach out to others looking at the other end of the screen. I enjoy shooting everything I see, everything that catches my eye – but in particular I enjoy shooting humans. Somehow, someway more often than not there is a human in my photo. I think that is me subconsciously connecting humans to the world around us, because there are connections to be found everywhere we look. This probably also has something to do with my fascination with humans and the variety in each and every one. I also really enjoy purely documenting, observing. Series based on observations, time passing, differences with veiled similarities. These observations all consume my brain so through my documenting them I’m able to make something visually tangible of them. Thankfully, I see almost everything new as a challenge to myself. A challenge to learn and grow. I like stepping outside of my box and stretching my brain. I like making something out of nothing, making things with other people. The funnest part of it all is that there are no limits. With your work you can be as quiet and delicate as you want, or as wild and outrageous as you want. There is no limit, and i hope other artists never feel as if they have a limit on what they can do with what they see.”
Thanks very much, Amanda! You can see a lot more of her work over at her main Flickr account, so I encourage you to do so the next time you have a little free time on your hands. By the way, if you too know of a photographer who you think should be featured here, by all means drop me a line at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com and let me know!

Jason Pettus is the owner of CCLaP, and a former novelist, slam poet and travel writer. During the day he is a front-end software developer within the Chicago tech startup community. Goodreads | LibraryThing | Twitter | Instagram | Letterboxd