Each week I will be striving to share one fact about me as a creative in what truly has INSPIRED me throughout my life as a songwriter, songstress but also as a survivor (ptsd), woman (wild), Latina (west African, indigenous, Spaniard & maybe even German :•.o) and overall as a human...
Let’s dig in shall we!?
Today is about my 20+ years passion and creative outlet with my third true love: PHOTOGRAPHY!
The first picture you see here was captured in Liberty State Park when I first discovered the area while biking after my fiancé and I moved to Jersey City from Brooklyn NY.
This was also my first #MandiJphotosgraphy post on Instagram circa 2013 BUT my passion for photography started on my 8th birthday when I received my first film camera in Tampa, Florida (it was a pink, Barbie theme box of magic)
I still have those first awful printouts too! Among the hundreds of photos+photo albums I have captured, edited, printed and stored, there is still so much more to experience and for a split moment attempt to capture and look back on for the rest of my life.
(I have over 14,000 photos alone on my old iPhone 6s :•.O)
Through out these two plus decades:
My photography has been published in sports magazines and my photos have been used by wonderful; INSPIRING people & amazing; INSPIRING movements even though I never pursued a career due to my first love for music.
Most importantly my photography has been used by and for me as a creative outlet to help cope with depression.
Photography allowed me to FOCUS on the beauty and possibilities of living life all around me in keeping me sane, and as a songwriter;
Constantly serves as precious visuals and reminders of true inspiration PLUS magical and/or bittersweet gems of time travel while easily yet powerfully keeping this songstress writing, singing and inspired!
So, within my journey of
Photography definitely falls into the ‘Healing’ & ‘Joy’ category!
Even though it absolutely captures the music, adversities, healings and joys in LIFE and its moments forever frozen in time...
*For more photos check me out on my Instagram page @SongstressMahJ