· By Maria Nilsson
Passion - Shannon
It feels like a big breath of fresh air when you come across someone who is living their life full of PASSION.
We are in awe of this super-woman. Her dedication & determination is going to take her places and we are so excited to see where she lands.
What does passion mean to you?
To me passion is something you can’t control and is the reason you do what you do. It is an addiction to something you love no matter what it is. I think finding a passion for something is what gives your life more meaning.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about photography. I love everything about it. I love how it makes me view the world differently, makes me think creatively, and simply makes me happy. I love that there are different mediums you can use, I love studying the history of it, I love developing and printing my own photos. But mostly I love how looking at a great photo from a great photographer makes me feel.
What inspired you to find this passion/how did it become so prevalent in your life?
I found this passion through my dad. He was a photographer and when I was younger he gave me a few of his film cameras. From then on, I just constantly wanted to take photos. It never really mattered to me what I was shooting, just that I simple was. Once I finished high school, I knew I wanted to be a photographer, so I went off to an art school in Italy and that’s when it really became my life. I was majoring in photography, assisting a photographer outside of school, and taking my own photos.
Do you think identity is connected to passion?
I think that passion drives you to find your identity and your style. I can definitely say without finding my passion for photography I have no idea who I would be or what I would be doing right now.
What is identity? Is it linked to your history and culture?
I think identity is a mix of where you came from and what you surround yourself with now. For me, being Italian, having grown up in Hawaii, and now living in Australia has a large influence on who I have become. I think your identity is always evolving, depending on where you are in life, but I do think it is rooted in your history and culture.
How do you define your identity?
I am not really sure who I am yet.