Just a Girl. And a Camera.

 I am an artist. I don’t use words to explain things. I use photographs. Feel free to interpret them any way you would like.

I hope they make you feel something.


I am Justine. I am a daughter, a granddaughter, and an aunt to be. I am a sister and a step sister. I am from Western New York. I say “pop” instead of soda and think Tim Hortons is better than Dunkin Donuts. I have moved nine times in my nineteen years of life. I miss people too much for too long. I worked at a farm and spent most of my summer picking tomatoes and beans, and I can identify most [common] annual flowers.

I am a photographer and an artist. I am intrigued by street photography and photojournalism, but I don’t necessarily want to interact with the people even though I really want to take their photograph. I like finding untouched moments of everyday life and capturing them. You might say that I am a collector of these found moments. Sometimes I think old photographs are interesting just because they are old, and maybe my photographs will become more interesting with age also. I like going to art museums, but it makes me question what art is. Why can they paint a red square directly in the center, but I can’t? Or maybe, I actually can.

I am a contradiction. Sometimes I stay up too late on purpose, and other times I just can’t fall asleep because my mind is wandering and overthinking. I like to sleep in (and usually do), but I would much rather prefer to wake up early because I hate the feeling of wasting the day. One of my biggest fears is the idea that I am wasting my time. I get bored easily, and I hate doing nothing unless it’s the type of nothing that actually feels like something. I used to make my own jewelry but I never wore it. I hate the winter but wouldn’t want to live in the south. I think everything looks especially lonely in the winter.  I buy books that I don’t have enough time to read, but I keep buying more anyway. Everything will go out of style eventually, but I don’t think books do. Photography books are my favorite type of books. I probably put too much cream and sugar in my coffee to call it coffee.  I like drinking sparkling juice out of fancy glasses or the 99 cent one I bought from Renys.

I am an optimist and believe in a beautiful world; I believe in compassion. I think about the universe a little too much. I like to believe that I am always in the right place at the right time and that my intuition is actually the universe.  Sometimes I think I like the act of wondering more than actually figuring things out.  I like tea and summer weather.  I like road trips and finding places I’ve never been and being anonymous. I want to travel and own an RV and drive it across the country. I like sushi and milkshakes and homegrown peaches. I like getting mail and breakfast food and diners and coffee shops, used bookstores, the smell of books, and collecting mugs and teacups. I like the way the sun shines through the trees creating dappled sunlight and the smell of spring inside when you can finally open the windows again after a long winter. I like rooms filled with plants and walls covered in memorabilia.  

I am an introvert and an INFJ. I hate going to get my haircut and making small talk. I like real conversations. I prefer to listen and absorb rather than filling the silence with my words. I don’t think I’m very good at saying what I mean to say, so I like to make sure that it is really what I believe before I say it. I’m not trying to be unfriendly; I’m just a very private person until you get to know me. Until I get to know you.  You might think you know who I am, but I am so much more. I am careful as to who I open up to. That’s just who I am.

Nineteen. Photography Student. Maine College of Art. RIT. Passionate Traveler of Life.