My name is Shannon Davidson and I am a freelance photojournalist from Gulfport, Mississippi. As a photojournalist, I convey stories about the lives of others through authentic and truthful images. I rarely get to share my own and would like to do so with you.
I am drawn to photojournalism because of my fascination with sociology and passion for photography. My inspiration and drive comes from the death of my close friend and journalist, Sean Dugas. Sean was a reporter for the Pensacola News Journal in Pensacola, Fl. He was brutally murdered in 2012.
Following his death, I became a photographer for a local independent newspaper in Biloxi, Mississippi. There, I grew my confidence and skill set. As a member of the media, I was able to ride with the World Famous USAF Hurricane Hunters on a mission collecting data for Hurricane Patrica. The category 5 storm hit western Mexico October 23, 2015. Hurricane Patrica became the largest recorded storm in the Western Hemisphere, larger than Hurricane Katrina.
I am incredibly lucky enough to do what I love and document life on Mississippi Gulf Coast. There is a progressive movement here, combined with the slow revitalization after Hurricane Katrina, that is refreshing to witness. I would like to continue to document life on the Gulf Coast and regional South as my career.
My motivation is to develop my photography through photojournalism and street photography. I am inspired by photographers like Michele McNally, New York Times, Annie Liebovitz, Vanity Fair & Rolling Stone, and the especially unique Diane Arbus, . I am also inspired by the story of Vivian Maier, a nanny who kept her photography talents a secret only to have her work discovered and revealed postmortem. In an effort to develop my work, I would sincerely appreciate any guidance or advise on photography/photojournalism. It's a passion for me to tell Sean's story, my story, and the stories of the south.