I am excited, exhilarated and often happily exhausted. Ever felt this way?
Hi! My name is Ann. Big picture: I am a photographer, videographer, and overall storyteller. I am proudly a mutt of half Japanese and half American origins.
Most recently I served as the Photography/Videography Fellow and Media Director at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a living and learning community for vulnerable youth located near Kigali, Rwanda.
I was born and bred in Chicago. I graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism (visual concentration) and B.A. in Global Conflict and Resolution, an independent degree I constructed.
I've worked for a photographer in Paris. I've volunteered as a multimedia specialist for a NGO that works with refugees in Greece. I've been the teacher and the taught. I am many different things, but one thing about me is that I like to share life experiences.
I consume every possible opportunity to learn from people and experience our wide world. One of my projects along the way is learning Italian and there are two expressions that I now apply to career and life:
//Fare una fotographia// In most languages like English, French, and Japanese, you "take" a photograph. Fare means to make, do, create. Instead of taking a moment from someone, you have the privilege to see it made, done, and created.
//Dare// The action to give. To offer. The English part of my mind sees "dare to give." The reflexive form of the verb (when you yourself are doing the action) becomes devoting yourself. Dedicating yourself.
From a memorial in Paris to a little record store in Boston and everything in between, I strive to document and share great stories of the world with the world. Everyone can learn a thing or two by experiencing another’s bubble of life.
Shoot me an email with any questions/concerns/general life comments: email@example.com