Over the shoulder of Nikki Smith and the 2020 Open Aperture participants
OPEN APERTURE PHOTO CLINIC
2019 participants
Atim Enyenihi
Climber (she/her/hers)
Since l emigrated from my native country of Nigeria, being the only one or one of a few has been the norm.
portrait of Atim Enyenihi
IMAGE BY NIKKI SMITH
Atim wearing mountain hardwear gear and holding rope on the way to climb
IMAGE BY SAM ORTIZ
It has been the case my entire career as a PhD Chemist. It is often the case while I am tango dancing, snowboarding, doing yoga, swimming or climbing. So, when I received an email from Nikki Smith detailing the Mountain Hardwear climbing photo camp with other minorities, I was ecstatic. I love rock climbing, I love the camera. And I love spending time with a diverse group of people. The event was bound to be stellar, and it was.
I hope that people see these images and feel represented. The outdoors are for everyone. You belong here no matter the color of your skin, sexual orientation, national origin, or ethnicity.
Looking up at Atim, wearing the Ghost Whisperer Jacket and headlamp, purple sky behind
IMAGE BY JAYLYN SABRINA GOUGH
Cody and Atim at camp, sitting in camp chairs outside their tent
IMAGE BY JANELLE PACIENCIA
three climbers on a rock wall during the open aperture photo clinic
why open aperture matters