Brandy Isadora – Photographer and Author
I’ve always been painfully shy and extremely introverted. It takes a lot for me to approach a person, even if it’s to give them a compliment. There were times when I felt trapped by my own social anxiety. Then, one day nearly six years ago, I had the opportunity to assist a photographer and my whole world began to change.
I realized quickly how much I loved photojournalism because I enjoyed hearing people’s stories. With my camera, I now had the courage to approach people and ask them questions.
In 2015, I decided that I wanted to interview people with tattoos and record the stories and meanings behind their ink. I’ve always been fascinated with tattoos, and I wanted to learn how people were so confident that they knew what they wanted to have permanently inked on their bodies. Besides meeting incredible people, I learned a lot about the art of tattoos and how easy it is for people to judge others by the way they look. What I originally thought would be a simple portrait series turned into a full book. I’m proud to announce that Tattle Tales: Tattoo Stories and Portraits will be available in the fall of 2019.
My goal as a photojournalist is to use my skills as a photographer and writer to provide space for people to feel seen and heard. I love exploring and learning subject matters that are unusual, challenging, and at times controversial. Giving voice to others has helped me be less shy and introverted. Reaching out has shown me how connected we all are in this world.