Girl With Camera, No. 25

When I hold my camera, I hold my world as a creator of stories and dreams. Once, only men were allowed to create. I’m hyper-aware of past (and current) constraints, but I don’t care. I create anyway. As a native Virginian, I have long looked up to the Virginia-born and bred photographer Sally Mann. Even today, young female artists need female role models. As a Salvadoran-American, I often think of all the female role models my mother did not have in her native El Salvador. I am living a life that once existed only in my mother’s dreams.

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Christine Sloan Stoddard is a Salvadoran-American writer and artist from Virginia. She is the founder of Quail Bell Magazine and the author of Water for the Cactus Woman (Spuyten Duyvil), Hispanic and Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press), Belldonna Magic (Shanti Arts), and other books. Her work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, Bustle, The Feminist Wire, Marie Claire, The Huffington Post, Yes! Magazine, and elsewhere. She recently completed her term as the first-ever artist-in-residence at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a 124-year-old settlement house in New York City. Instagram | Facebook

 

 

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