I’m an LGBT rights activist and ally specializing in documentary, portrait and event photography. Using my art to promote social justice, I’m changing mainstream imagery by increasing the visibility of LGBT people.
Before becoming a photographer, I received a master’s degree in criminal justice followed by a ten-year stint as a federal probation officer. Empowered by an overwhelming sense that I should be helping to change the rules instead of enforce them, Amy Mayes Photography was born.
Why – Equality for every person is an innate human and civil right, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Having the courage to be oneself in the face of adversity is everybody’s most important journey. My vision was to build a photography platform from which to advocate for social justice and tell the stories of LGBT people. I then began creating images that celebrate love, increase visibility, challenge stereotypes and document the modern LGBT rights movement.
Beliefs – I believe in the power of an image, in shaking up the status quo, and that anything is possible. A compelling photograph is an important tool for social and political change and the most effective way to deliver a message.
Inspiration – My grandmother inspired me to become an artist and an activist. She was a painter and sculptor who showed me that love, acceptance and diversity have no boundaries.
Current Work – Love Stories is a fine art photography series featuring lifestyle portraits of LGBTQ families. For further information or to participate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Based in New York City, I also co-own a media company with my husband.
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