Andrea Wise

Why I'm moving into editing

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I got into photography late in my undergraduate career at Trinity College, a small liberal arts school in Hartford, CT where I studied Studio Arts. After graduation, I began assisting other photographers, interning and freelancing for daily newspapers, and attending as many workshops and conferences as I could.

I fell in love with the power of photography to move people to care a little more. I remember one day in Texas, a story of mine ran about a teenager with terminal cancer and I got an email from a reader asking how she might be able to help the girl's family with their medical expenses. Those are the kinds of moments you can't describe in words. They're just really special.

But after a couple of years, I realized that I was living in a really unsustainable way. My work was feeling stagnant, I was constantly stressed out, and I wasn't terribly happy. I decided to go back to school to step outside my comfort zone, to learn to tell stories in different ways, and try to find a way to marry my love for documentary storytelling into a more balanced socially and creatively engaging work/life.

In graduate school, I realized that I light up when I sit down to edit other people's work. There's something incredibly exciting about working with people who are making inspiring and important work and helping them to bring out the best in their work. In my short career I've been fortunate to meet a ton of really talented and dedicated photographers and filmmakers and it would be such an honor to get to help them all get their work out into the world. 

So that's why I'm moving into editing. 

Because for me, editing is about completing a story's life cycle. If a photograph is born at the moment of capture, when the photographer recognizes and records a moment, then a photograph matures when it engages a viewer. That's the moment that connects photography's three essential participants: the subject, the photographer, and the viewer. Editing is about making that link. 

And that is even more true with video. We all know you can't truly engage viewers or move them to care with poorly edited video any more than you can with a folder of raw assets collecting dust on your hard drive.

I'm a strong believer in shaping the format to fit the given story. So whether that means working with motion graphics, or making a handmade book, or a non-linear visual poem, the format should support (not distract from) the story.

Ultimately, editing means collaborating with people who inspire me to make something special, together. That's pretty sweet.

So if you're working on an interesting or important project and you want to work together, reach out. I'd love to talk.

And keep tabs on this blog. I'm going to be bringing you interviews with creatives from different fields talking about how they find balance in their work/lives, as well as featuring work I think you'd want to take a look at. And if you still want more, follow me on twitter where I share more good stuff you might be interested in. 

I'm pretty stoked about this next chapter and I hope to get to work with you sometime soon.

Much love,