a little about me

through film photography i have found a tool to express myself, emotionally, physically and visually-without having to have words to explain what i might be feeling. through film photography, i feel connected to something bigger than myself when i am out shooting pictures. i am also a published, emerging writer. when i am not shooting pictures, i am writing short stories and working on my first book.

my pronouns are they/them/she/he. i am of  Métis, Cree and Romanian ancestry, in active recovery from complex post traumatic stress.

i was diagnosed with cptsd in 2001 and had no idea what it meant or what to do about it. at that time, the concept was still fairly new so there wasn’t a lot of resources or help. in january 2015, after many years of hard emotional work, i finally found myself beginning to fully understand and experience what complex post traumatic stress is for me, personally. it was then that i began to see life through a wider, more empowered lens. and it was at that time, when i fully realized the scope of exciting work ahead of me, through my work in film photography.

i see myself in my photographs. my favourite subject to shoot on film is street art and graffiti because of its impermanence and rawness. i like to put my own unique visual spin on an art that can vanish just as quickly as it appears. like complex ptsd, graffiti art is on unstable ground. in a sense, through my pictures, what i give this art form is a permanent and stable home, so to speak.  i am eternally grateful to street artists for the work they unknowingly do that helps me heal.

with gratitude,

princess shredder