Sthephania Hermit/ Mekoryuk, Alaska/ Lima/ Peru

Sthephania Hermit/ Mekoryuk, Alaska/ Peru/ Lima int

What is photography to you? Photography is the art where, in different ways, I try to open my own path of light. Every day I embrace it and admire it. It’s something that I love and I do or try to do.


I learned that this creative art is linked intimately to observation. But this observation is one in a unique way, shaped by the heart, soul, sensibility and mind of the photographer. Just after that, photography can transform the mundane to the poetic. Someone said it in simple words: it’s about finding something extraordinary in an ordinary place. That’s really makes sense to me. My photography tried to do that.


I believe that photography, art photography, does more than reproduce beautiful images and record memories. I learned that this creative art is linked intimately to observation. But this observation is one in a unique way, shaped by the heart, soul, sensibility and mind of the photographer. Just after that, photography can transform the mundane to the poetic. Someone said it in simple words: it’s about finding something extraordinary in an ordinary place. That’s really makes sense to me. My photography tried to do that.

Do you think your photos give expressions to your feelings. I do. Photography certainly is a fascinated way of expressing one’s self. Sometimes people think and feel more than they are able to express. I’m one of them. Maybe words are not good enough, or I don’t know how to use them in some cases. I feel there’s a chaos inside. But photography is sort of meditation; gives me balance to explore whatever beautiful or not is in there.

Yes, that’s the most awesome part of having a Facebook account. I have seen and met so many amazing photographers and other kinds of artists. I feel that every day I learned a lot from them. I just would like to go back to the old system of liking, you know with our minds.


Most of your photos are of a lone figure, someone alone. It’s a figure of a boy, but I feel like there are self-portraits of you. What is the mystery, the story behind the lone figure.


Photography certainly is a fascinated way of expressing one’s self. Sometimes people think and feel more than they are able to express. I’m one of them. Maybe words are not good enough, or I don’t know how to use them in some cases. I feel there’s a chaos inside. But photography is sort of meditation; gives me balance to explore whatever beautiful or not is in there.

It might be my own way of seeing the world now. The lone figure might reveal the new spirit of happiness, just being yourself. I don’t really know. Or maybe I just became rebellious. It's 2017 and I see people holding a phone at arm's length pointed at themselves. My lonely figure is in the other extreme--zero pretentious. I’m not saying that it is bad to capture yourself posing. But I prefer people being themselves.

Sometimes we see a better view of what we are doing when we move further from it. It’s also like that when we are alone. I feel like we see more when we are alone. is that how you see things you are from Mekoryuk, Alaska? is it an island?

It might be my own way of seeing the world now. The lone figure might reveal the new spirit of happiness, just being yourself. I don’t really know. Or maybe I just became rebellious. It's 2017 and I see people holding a phone at arm's length pointed at themselves. My lonely figure is in the other extreme--zero pretentious. I’m not saying that it is bad to capture yourself posing. But I prefer people being themselves.


The sense of emptiness is really beautiful and has got a lot of benefits as that one you mentioned. Sometime it took me to an abstract world. Simplicity is also my alley. Also, when you are willing and open to new things, you are able to kill your fake interior and start again. Yes, Mekoryuk is a community on Nunivak Island. Here it’s good to follow the wind.


I feel like people are to busy, to much going on. to much in to this that and the other. but in your photos its the opposite. so much space. so much time. like everything is moving slow. it so wonderful.

Time hurts you know, and I’m not talking of the natural process of aging. When a routine is set up in your life, there’s not much time for thinking. As long as you believe in something, you feel fine, you are fine. But something is unbalanced, I guess. Worse if you are in a hurry, time flies. It’s weird to have this feeling while I’m saying this. We have become irregular, slaves of time. Fortunately, in my photos nothing moves.

I see some incredible photographers and artist on Facebook. have you come across photographers in Facebook that you really like.

Yes, that’s the most awesome part of having a Facebook account. I have seen and met so many amazing photographers and other kinds of artists. I feel that every day I learned a lot from them. I just would like to go back to the old system of liking, you know with our minds.

Photography is the art where, in different ways, I try to open my own path of light. Every day I embrace it and admire it. It’s something that I love and I do or try to do.

what are some photographers that you like? Among the famous photographers are Martin Chambi, Boogie, Cartier Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, etc. But I also love the work of a lot of folks without that tag.

isn't it a wonderful feeling not to do anything, and to see days pass empty. isn't it pleasant and fun to take a walk during a storm. is that how you feel. thats what the feeling I get in your photos.

Yes, I like the storm, I like the rain, I like the cold, I like the winter in Alaska. It’s all I can say.


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