Andrea Corrona Jenkins is one part photographer, one part writer, one part teacher, one part (modern) dancer and one hundred parts mama. She lives with her spectacularly bearded husband and two children in Portland, Oregon, in a small cottage filled with too many collections and probably too many Legos. For over 15 years she worked with the nationally recognized arts development program Moving In The Spirit, where she taught dance in after-school programs and youth shelters in Atlanta, Georgia's inner city. Now she teaches instant photography workshops to both kids and adults alike, wherever they will have her—from her current hometown of Portland, Oregon, to the great city of San Francisco all the way across the ocean to Gjilan, Kosovo.
Andrea also writes for the ever popular UPPERCASE magazine (which features her Polaroid work), is a contributor over at Shutter Sisters and can be found (most days) over at her blog, hula seventy.
"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow."
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ANDREA ANSWERS THE FIVE W's
Who are you?
I'm Andrea, taker of photographs, teller of stories, dancer of dances, lover of living and many, many other things.
What do you believe with all of your heart?
That God is the great creator; that grace is for everyone. That we are all storytellers. And that life would surely stink without the following: Polaroid cameras, modern dance, bicycles with baskets, old-school photo booths, lengthy road trips, underground hip hop, vintage everything, lemon sugar anything.
When did you know that this was your path?
When I couldn't put my camera down. When I began to experiment with as many different cameras as I could get my hands on—35mm film, medium format, Polaroid. When it turned from part-time experiment to full-fledged exploration.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Italy, where the alleyways are filled with hanging laundry and the color there is so good you can almost taste it.
Why do you love your life?
Because it's a magnificent, messy thing, filled with people I love (who miraculously love me back). It's wildly unpredictable and almost always, complicated but this is what it means to be alive. And I am thankful to be alive.
How do you do everything you do?
AWith the knowledge that I can't do everything, be everything. That balance is key.