Meet my “More Than A Photographer” mentees!
Please join me in congratulating these two on being selected as part of my “More Than a Photographer” Mentorship!
Winona Ominika is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Wiikwemikoong unceded territory in Central Ontario. She is a visual storyteller passionate about amplifying the voices of Indigenous youth, LGBTQ and newcomers to Canada. Often times these communities face barriers to accessing outdoor recreation, and Winona’s goal is to open up more opportunities for these communities to experience nature, recreation and traditional culture. Winona holds a diploma in Outdoor and Adventure Education and is a graduate of Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum’s Environmental Visual Communication Program.
Laurie Townshend is a Black woman, lesbian, educator, filmmaker and emerging photographer born in Canada, raised by a Jamaican mom. [She is] proud to identify in diverse ways. [She tells] stories from those intersections with the deeply-held intention to co-create works that centre and humanize individuals who are underrepresented in the mainstream. In fact, [her] entire arts praxis is rooted in the liberation of marginalized people from those painful constraints.
Over the next 12 months, we will be working together to achieve our goals and dreams.
Special thanks to Photographers Without Borders (@photographerswithoutborders and Sony Alpha Female @sonyalphafemale) for making this a reality!