When I became vegan in 2014 I felt like my glass was very full. I was all in immediately, incredibly thirsty for knowledge, and quickly aware of great resources all around me. I was, however, admittedly almost singularly focused on issues of consumption. I was not really aware of issues related to representation until later. Awareness about consumption issues is an absolute foundation layer for me as a vegan- getting familiarized with the issues driving this movement including the major motivators of animal rights, sustainability and environmental health, as well as human health. But getting into issues of representation became a finer, still essential, point to me, particularly as both a minority and a producer of visual content myself. I became aware of who I was depicting in my work and being more conscious of representing that diversity that frankly I've been seeking to cultivate as a hallmark of my overall photographic style that represents me best as well.
I look forward to more conversations on these themes, both personally and professionally. Veganism is a way of life for me and definitely informs the work I do.
Make sure to check out my website where you can find my work: http://veganforallseasons.com/.
Annika has recently released an interview series about vegan pregnancy, parenthood, and childhood. Check out her interview series HERE.