Storytelling

WOKO Flea Market at Champlain Valley Fairgrounds

I take photos for a living and have finally organized those photos, videos and multimedia to build this website which was beautifully executed by the talented former Freepster Mark Gould.  I shoot for my newspaper, I shoot for others and I shoot for myself.  I rarely put my camera down and because of that it is often difficult to remember all the events I’ve encountered.  Having to read the newspaper to remember my weekly travels was a sign I needed to slow it down and appreciate the work behind me.  The daily newspaper world can be a grind.  I love it and really can’t imagine working any other way but even on my best of days where I pull out a killer shot newspapers are a constant cycle. My best image is only printed once, for one day, so I’m using this space to let my favorites simmer.  This is all really an exercise in self-celebration , with a side of sharing.  Let’s all applaud these efforts. Thank you.

I’m a picture person and communicate primarily through that medium.  Without getting into some sappy college tale about the darkroom seducing me from my studies, I’ll just say I’ve loved taking pictures for a long time. I noticed my picture taking was cutting into whatever I was supposed to be doing, so I flip-flopped and made the photography full-time. I started out thinking I was going to be a writer, but honestly I ran out of things to say. I run my mouth, but few important things come out. Better switch to pictures. More than anything I want to share. I’m desperate for a reaction – good or bad.

Recently I printed out a selection of photos to hang in my home.  Almost everyone asks why I have a pictures of strangers on my walls. Simple. They’re not strangers, at least not to me. These people remind me of some of the greatest conversations, experiences and moments I’ve witnessed. Funny, calm or tragic. The shots themselves are fine, but the stories behind them are better.   Because of that I always say I come home with the best story to tell at the dinner table.  I do, it’s a reality that when you share your week with dozens of people that open up their lives and insecurities to you, a story is absolutely what hangs around.  Stories are contagious.

This is a space for those stories. Enjoy.

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  • Mariana Sears

    Emily!!! Congrats! Your website looks great and of course, your photos are just A-MA-ZING!! You can tell there’s a story behind each picture, each photo communicates so much. You are so talented! I wish you the best with this new blog/website project.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Mariana! Miss you around Burlington but glad to find you here! Thanks for the kind words.