My name is Emma, I’m 24 years old and I live in Seattle, WA. I’m a former “military brat” so I’ve lived everywhere and last year I lived in Richmond, VA.
I did not realize photography was a passion until a about a year ago when I noticed I was using photography to cope with chronic pain caused by my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I was diagnosed with Hypermobile types in July 2011, but I have been suffering with chronic pain for the past 5 years. Since the disorder is genetic, I have had the condition my entire life but it did not give me problems until I was about 19. There is no cure and treatment options are limited.
Living with chronic pain has been difficult and I’ve had to give up working, college and many other “normal” things that I never imagined giving up. When everything causes you so much pain and takes so much effort, the world can become such a lonely and desolate place. Photography has allowed me to find the beauty in life again and even create my own world in a way.
I think photography is something everyone should do! If you are thinking about getting into photography, definitely look into getting a used DSLR because photography is an expensive hobby and if you are just starting out, don’t spend a ton of money at first in case you don’t end up liking it. Even if that’s not an option see what you can do with a point and shoot or even the camera on your phone. I totally believe in working with what you have available.
When I’m not doing photography, I can be found wandering around Seattle, playing with my cats Mitzi and Molly, working on other crafts, singing, and working on creative writing projects.