Introducing Autumn Intern – Nina Porcelli Fenn

Straddling the ridge high above Crow Pass, Alaska, this is me expanding my comfort zone in pursuit of the deep.  Photo: Corky Still

Straddling the ridge high above Crow Pass, Alaska, this is me expanding my comfort zone in pursuit of the deep. Photo: Corky Still

Halfway there has never been an option for me. In fact, finishing something to completion and exploring every possible angle is the only concept I know. Ask my parents—how many times during my childhood they sat around waiting for me to crawl to the very…verrrrrrrrrry end of a lava river cave or help me construct a castle for my 2nd grade social studies project, fully equipped with a moat and goldfish, which I’m still proud to say I got an A+++ on. When it comes to life, I suppose I just want to go deeper and climb higher in search of the enamorable—which is why I believe I am so deeply in love with photography. As an art to which I can examine and explore the world around me, photography allows me to live to my fullest of selves.

One of the many riders I look to for inspiration – Mitch Ropelato Crankworx Whistler 2014, British Columbia, Canada

One of the many riders I look to for inspiration – Mitch Ropelato
Crankworx Whistler 2014, British Columbia, Canada

I wish I could say I was one of those people who was surrounded by photography while growing up, but I wasn’t. I did not come from a long line of photographers nor was I ever gifted that classic Zeiss Ikon camera, so the concept of making photographs has been a self-taught endeavor, but the intrigue of photography began at a very impressionable age. Riddled with bookshelves upon bookshelves of family photo albums, I would spend hours as a young girl sifting through the endless pages, transporting myself into the stories and wondrous world beyond my backyard. Photographs were like my magic carpet.

Lake Tahoe is the place I call home.  A true adventurer’s paradise.  Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Lake Tahoe is the place I call home. A true adventurer’s paradise. Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Celebrating the first steps of our telemark ski trip at Tailgate Alaska.  Thompson Pass, Valdez, Alaska

Celebrating the first steps of our telemark ski trip at Tailgate Alaska. Thompson Pass, Valdez, Alaska

My desire to move from a viewer of photographs to a creator of photographs stemmed directly from the painstaking process of planning my own wedding. Searching through the diversity of photographers’ work, I quickly became infatuated with artist’s styles and their different perspectives. Photographer’s like Jose Villa, Lauren Ross, Mike Kelley, Sean Bagshaw, Chris Burkard, Grant Gunderson, and Reuben Krabbe inspired my passion to connect with my environment through the lens of a camera. Photography fulfills me in that it provides me an opportunity to explore the world from every possible angle. As a person who enjoys math and problem solving, I like to approach photomaking from a sculptor’s perspective in which I get closer and closer to the solution (or my final piece) with each changing angle and postproduction adjustment. Infinite possibilities and an ever-changing world keep me captivated.

Night shots are my current obsession.  Coupling the grandeur of the night sky with action, I challenge myself as well as the most skilled of riders.   Watson Lake, California

Night shots are my current obsession. Coupling the grandeur of the night sky with action, I challenge myself as well as the most skilled of riders.
Watson Lake, California

And ultimately, photography gives me the opportunity to forever be that bright-eyed, curious little girl who wants to keep moving towards the next horizon to experience the view on the other side and to share the wonderment of the world with everybody around her. The world is glorious and life is a gift, and photography allows me to bring those two elements together. If I had to identify just one goal of my photography, it would be to share the joy of the world with humanity—to ignite a twinkle of desire for a better, beautiful world.

Waking up before sunrise is always worth it.  My favorite time of the day is from the hour before sunrise to about noon.   West Shore, Lake Tahoe, California

Waking up before sunrise is always worth it. My favorite time of the day is from the hour before sunrise to about noon.
West Shore, Lake Tahoe, California

Working as Autumn Intern with wanderlusters Matt and Agnes Hage of HagePhoto, I am absolutely pumped to be fully immersed in the adventure travel and active lifestyle photography industry. With their guidance, I hope to build the necessary business foundation, learn how to develop rich relationships with clients, absorb some of their craft in creating outstanding images, be open for unexpected, and share some hearty laughs while drinking good beer.

One of my favorite things about sports and adventure photography is capturing the emotions of challenge oneself.  Today it’s victory, but who knows what tomorrow may hold. One of my favorite things about sports and adventure photography is capturing the emotions of challenge oneself.  Today it’s victory, but who knows what tomorrow may hold.  Crankworx Whistler 2013, British Columbia, Canada

One of my favorite things about sports and adventure photography is capturing the emotions of challenge oneself. Today it’s victory, but who knows what tomorrow may hold.
One of my favorite things about sports and adventure photography is capturing the emotions of challenge oneself. Today it’s victory, but who knows what tomorrow may hold. Crankworx Whistler 2013, British Columbia, Canada

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