ELISE GIORDANO

"It is photographyitself that creates the illusion of innocence. Its ironies of frozen narrativelend to its subjects an apparent unawareness that they will change or die. Itis the future they are innocent of. Fifty years on we look at them with thegodly knowledge of how they turned out after all - who they married, the dateof their death - with no thought for who will one day be holding photographs ofus." - Ian McEwan

I hate writing about myself.

But even more than that,I hate when people write about themselves in third person. So bear with me.

I was born and raised inthe Sunshine State, receiving my Bachelors in Journalism from the University ofFlorida. Photography found me early on. Before the days of cheap external hard drives, I filled CDs with countless photos of friends, family, sunsets and things I found super "artsy," like macro shots of grass, raindrops and crayons. I was pretty bad. But I loved it.

During my sophomore yearof college I decided to make it more than just a hobby and attempted to be better than colored wax and glistening beads of dew. So I practiced. After multiple photo classes, cameras and internships, I received my diploma and made my way to Skagway, AK where I became Editor-In-Chief of The Skagway News, a small, bi-monthly paper located in a small windswept valley on the coast of Southeast Alaska.

It was a dream come true, but after a while I felt an itch to grow more visually. 

After delivering the news to a town of 800 for more than two years, I decided to make a change and move to the big city. Today I am the Photo/Video Coordinator for Outdoor Research, where I continue to hone my photo and video craft.

I've worked for large newspapers, magazines, law schools, brothel museums and now a corporation. I've photographed grueling canoe races in the Yukon, midnight runs through theKlondike, celebrities and their mothers, couples saying "I Do,"presidential candidates and have taken a few good macro shots here and there. Most importantly, I’m still learning. 


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