Over the shoulder of Nikki Smith and the 2020 Open Aperture participants
OPEN APERTURE PHOTO CLINIC
2019 participants
Tiffany M Blount
Founder of Black Girls Boulder, Photographer (she/her/hers)
I only discovered rock climbing four years ago and am in love. I prefer bouldering over all other disciplines, but there's nothing like being on ropes close to the clouds. I saw it as an opportunity to explore lands I've never been before, like Utah and Idaho; connect with other folx who want to share their unheard stories; and learn how to tell stories with my camera.
portrait of Tiffany M Blount
IMAGE BY NIKKI SMITH
Atim makes her way up a big crack climb
IMAGE BY TIFFANY M BLOUNT
Climbing or even just watching other climbers climb is therapeutic, and I saw people heal during this clinic. During this experience, for instance, I saw my first moonrise. I didn't even know the moon rose. I want to make sure more Black girls get to experience what I felt in that moment. I want them to see themselves doing bold things in the outdoors and to help them grow.
I am intrigued by the power of still images but am a lover of moving images, and I learned that I should stick to that. The other folx in the clinic are amazing photographers and storytellers and I want to see their work recognized, but I realized my lane and the impact I can have on my community by giving them a space to express themselves and learn about themselves.
looking up at Jason and Cody at the top of a route
IMAGE BY TIFFANY M BLOUNT
The group hikes through sage brush with packs on
IMAGE BY TIFFANY M BLOUNT
three climbers on a rock wall during the open aperture photo clinic
why open aperture matters