Guestagrammer of the Week: Jessica Suarez
Momenta welcomes this week’s guestagrammer, Jessica Suarez!
Current job: I work as a freelance photographer and videographer. Most of my clients are non-profits or educational organizations.
Current location: I live and work in southeastern Peru and Atlanta, Georgia.
Connection to Momenta: I became part of the amazing Momenta family as a West Award recipient for the Project New Orleans 2014 workshop. I was lucky enough to work with the Louisiana SPCA during the workshop week.
Tell us about your journey as an image-maker and how you got to where you are today.
During a college study abroad program I found myself in the Bolivian tropics photographing a small community of nuns and their work with malnourished children. I was profoundly affected by the experience, and at that moment I fell in love with visual storytelling. Several years, countries, and a master’s degree later I have returned to South America to continue to collaborate with groups whose work I’m really inspired by and hope to share with others.
What stories or issues are you most passionate about covering?
I am particularly passionate about maternal health and other projects related to women and children. Lately, because of where I live in Peru, I’ve been working a lot on conservation projects, which are also close to my heart.
Where do you look for inspiration for your work: books, movies, authors, photographers, art, certain people?
I find a lot inspiration from some of the amazing characters I’ve met who work at non-profits. Their passion, ambition, and compassion is very moving and contagious! I love collaboration for that reason. Besides that I try to look at a lot of other photographers’ and filmmakers’ work, read ferociously, and learn from friends who are doing inspired work in healthcare, the sciences, and visual storytelling.
What social media or news feeds do you follow regularly?
What is one passion you have outside of photography that might come as a surprise to our readers?
I really enjoy baking, especially when I need to clear my head and take a break from editing photos or video. It’s a really fun way to express love and appreciation towards others too. This summer I’ve been trying to perfect a recipe for peach jam.
What can we expect to see next week from your “guestagramming” on our Momenta Instagram account?
I am going to be sharing an ongoing project I am creating on the topic of “adaptation.” I’m exploring how humans, plants, and animals are adapting to ever changing cultural, political and natural landscapes in Peru. Thanks for checking it out!
#seizethemomenta, and follow @momentaworkshops on Instagram September 6 – 12 to see Jess’ colorful work!
About the author…
Manuela Marin Salcedo
Manuela Marin Salcedo is a research and development team member and content developer at Momenta Workshops. Her expertise is in visual communications and social media.