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The Narrative Society: Educator Interview with Sandi Harkness

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I’ve always felt like an artist, from the moment I was a little girl. I used to draw and paint all the time. Once I had kids, my art transformed into preserving special memories with them that I never wanted to forget.

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I try to think of the things that I know will be changing about my kids before I know it, and I document them…like my son pinching his neck for comfort, or my daughter’s chubby baby rolls.

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My son and my daughter playing together.

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Nature. I am a midwestern transplant to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am overwhelmed and astounded by the beauty of my surroundings daily.

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When I’m tired of shooting, I shoot anyway. I find one thing in my house that inspires me, and I take a photo of it. Or I take a self portrait, which usually lifts my spirits and leaves me feeling inspired again.

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My kids. No question.

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Light – and shadows!

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To me, lifestyle is mildly posed, directed or encouraged photography that is planned out ahead of time. Documentary just happens. Like going over to hang out with a friend and getting your camera out, documenting as if they didn’t even know you were there.

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Continue, for sure. Everything I’ve been through has brought me to where I am today, and I wouldn’t change a thing.

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Reverse one decision.

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Say everything that’s on my mind. I try not to harbor secret feelings.

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No cell phone.

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Definitely lose the ability to use a debit or credit card….I am directionally challenged.

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Eyes that can film everything – man, wouldn’t that be grand??

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iPhone, for sure. I don’t mind being cluttered with photos and music…but I don’t want to be cluttered with stuff.

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Amazon River.

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Olympic Gold Medal.

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Unknown and rich….being seen isn’t everything.

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Sandi Harkness of Sandi Harkness Photography
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