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Shawna McLeod - A young aboriginal female photographer from a small Dene community called Fort Providence, NT. I spent most of my life living in Fort Providence, surrounded by dene traditions and culture, most of my time was spent outdoors and on the land or in the waters of the Mackenzie River.
Since a very young age, I was always known to have a camera of some sort in my hand. I was taking photos of community events, people of my community and capturing all walks of life. After graduating High School, in 2010 I decided to pursue my passion of photography at the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, BC. My photography portfolio was based on "Fashion inspired by Indigenous Culture" I knew right from the get go that I wanted to capture my culture, traditions and the dene people of the North. I took that idea and kind of ran with it. Since then, I am known to always have a cultural twist to any photos I take.
I am currently residing in Yellowknife, where I work a full time job and continue to do photography on the side. Photography will always be apart of my life, I hope I can showcase the North to the rest of the world through my lens.