62: Lindy Drew

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62: Lindy Drew
Lindy Drew was studying biology when she was asked to capture "family" for her hobby class, documentary photography. She grabbed her camera and jumped on a motorcycle. Her family of choice: a group of Harley Davidson riders. She still graduated with a science degree, but changed gears.

After finishing a program at the International Center of Photography in NYC in 2003, she took a cross-country road trip that inspired a one way ticket to Latin America, starting in Chile, where she founded OJOS nuevos, a digital photography program for at-risk youth (more on that later).

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Courtesy of Lindy Drew

List five things on your Inspiration Wall (real or imagined).
1. A ticket to anywhere
2. Getting involved with social outreach projects in the community
3. Natural light
4. The "Family of Man," a collection of documentary photography curated by Edward Steichen.
5. This quote from Diane Arbus: "My favourite thing is to go where I've never been."

2. What was your last big project?
While volunteering at a home for girls in Santiago de Chile, fellow photographer Christine Mladic and I co-founded OJOS nuevos, a digital photography program for kids that put cameras in the hands of at-risk Chilean girls living in hogares (orphanages). The project was sponsored by PENTAX, TakeGreatPictures.com, and VE Global. It allowed the children to explore the creativity, enjoyment, and importance of photography. By immersing themselves in the workshop and telling stories from their own points of view, they captured what life is like for them and what life is like in their country.

3. What's your next big project?
Since getting into boudoir photography, I would love to do a pin-up girl series or even photograph the women from the AZ Roller Derby.

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Courtesy of Lindy Drew
4. Why do you do what you do?
My mom is a painter. I grew up watching her paint at the kitchen table, in the garage, on the side of buildings. It always amazed me that she could paint something from nothing. There was an idea in her head and a blank white canvas and after hours and hours, the image was on the canvas. The artist and that need to create was always inside me, too. It just took time to recognize that my tool of choice wasn't with a brush, it was with a camera: witnessing, composing, documenting, and storytelling.

5. What's something you want Phoenix to know about you?

I'm interested in doing a portrait series for a local non-profit. If anyone knows of an NGO that needs a photographer, please get in touch.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker



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