Shelby Feistner – Photography

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I was born and raised in Missouri, USA, what most people outside of the Midwest refer to as a “flyover state” for its lack of appeal to travelers. As a frustrated student searching for personal growth and a greater view of the world, I left my home to study at the Danish School of Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. After studying in Denmark, I returned to Missouri to finish my degree in Photojournalism, with an emphasis in International Journalism.

Making photographs is my way of communicating. I often don’t know how to string words together to accurately convey what is going through my head, that is, if I even know what is going on in my head. Making photographs is a way of thinking and living. I experience a constant need to document the ongoings of my life, capturing moments that are meaningful to me.

Perhaps the most beautiful thing about making photographs is the places that it takes you. Photojournalism gives you an excuse to wander into peculiar and unknown places, meeting a myriad a people along the way. There exists an opportunity to hear the stories of others and document their way of living or the time that you shared. It allows you to better understand your sense of place in the world. While I don’t know where I’m going and I don’t know how things will turn out, carrying a camera gives me a sense of awareness that helps me feel more like myself.