Over the shoulder of Nikki Smith and the 2020 Open Aperture participants
OPEN APERTURE PHOTO CLINIC
2019 participants
Janelle Paciencia
Outings Leader for the Denver Chapter of Latino Outdoors and one of five 2020 NextGen Trail Leaders for the American Hiking Society,

Photographer (she/her/hers)
portrait of Janelle Paciencia
IMAGE BY NIKKI SMITH
Bree makes her way up a route, looking up at the camera. Dramatic shadows in background
IMAGE BY JANELLE PACIENCIA
Representation matters because, for many, it’s hard to become what you cannot see. We are many. We have a voice, and it’s time we get loud with our message. Our strength comes in numbers and passion to uplift one another. That’s the beauty of the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities; we have the potential to go far and we want everyone to win. Through this program, I was able to deepen my commitment to use my visual storytelling to be a vehicle for reflection and change for the betterment of my communities.
I see myself as a facilitator and advocate at the non-profit orgs in outdoor spaces I work with. I am dedicated to bringing awareness and facilitating access to the outdoors for those who have traditionally never seen themselves or others like them represented in these outdoor spaces.
Atim and Cody look out into the distance while at the photo clinic
IMAGE BY JANELLE PACIENCIA
Close up portrait of Atim wearing the Super/DS Stretchdown hoody.
IMAGE BY JANELLE PACIENCIA
three climbers on a rock wall during the open aperture photo clinic
why open aperture matters