I wanted to make you all aware of my new name and how I came upon it. “Nεεma” pronounced /ney-muh/ means “grace” in the Bambara language of Mali, West Africa. Grace became a lesson God taught me as well during those six months—how do I give grace to my teammates? Within the first few weeks I was there till the whole 6 months I experienced, I was named Nεεma. And not too long later I became “Tante Nεεma” which means Aunt Nema (to Le Vieux).
Mali has had a huge effect on my life and that’s why I want to keep it emphasized in my photography. Not only are my photos visual representations through my lens, but they reflect photojournalism because there is a story to each face you see. My photography is more important to me than it’ll ever be to anyone else because it is what I see through the lens. God gave me this gift, ability, and skill and I’m using it to the best of my ability. Even if I don’t have a $3000 camera with a studio and set up of equipment, I can still capture photography at its best through my eyes and a specific and unique view to my eyes. For those who view my photos will see a different view to my portraits than I do.
Then of course the ending to my new signature are my initials to mark it. Thanks Sharon for the wonderful idea!