Guestagrammer of the Week: Sarah Ann Jump
Momenta welcomes this week’s guestagrammer, Sarah Ann Jump!
Current job: Photojournalism Intern at the Free Lance-Star newspaper
Current location: Fredericksburg, VA
Tell us about your journey as an image-maker and how you got to where you are today.
My journey is just beginning! In May I graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in photojournalism. I am currently interning in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the Free Lance-Star and trying my hand at newspaper photography.
What stories or issues are you most passionate about covering?
I have spent the past few years covering the refugee community in Rochester, New York and am passionate about refugee issues worldwide.
I have a deep appreciation for long-term projects that allow the photographer to build a relationship with their subjects and create a body of work to best tell their story.
Where do you look for inspiration for your work: books, movies, authors, photographers, art, certain people?
Hearing photographers talk about their photographs is one of my favorite things. It lets you connect not only with the image but also the story behind how it was made. Workshops, seminars and conferences offer many opportunities to hear from photographers themselves. The Project LA Momenta workshop, NPPA’s Northern Short Course and the Eddie Adams Workshop are where I’ve heard many of my photography role models speak. If you’re in Western New York, RIT’s Charles Arnold Lecture Series regularly brings in all types of image makers and is open to the public.
What social media or news feeds do you follow regularly?
Currently, I’m really focused on local news and issues that are important to the community I’m covering. For national and international news, I try to read a variety of sources, including: The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Geographic and TIME. A few Instagram feeds that constantly showcase interesting work: @eddieadamsworkshop, @causebeautiful, @apadgrams, @pulitzercenter and @echosight.
What is one passion you have outside of photography that might come as a surprise to our readers?
I love to hike and explore. I find it hard to capture the beauty of a vast landscapes through photos, so I use it as a break from my camera and just try to take it all in.
What can we expect to see next week from your “guestagramming” on our Momenta Instagram account?
I am sharing photos from my project, New Roots. The project was funded by a grant from the Alexia Foundation, which also led me to attend a Momenta workshop. I spent a year documenting a Congolese family’s first year in America and created newrootsproject.com to tell their story.
#seizethemomenta, and follow @momentaworkshops on Instagram July 26 – August 1 to see Sarah’s powerful project!
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.