Jenna first caught the eye of many in Wisconsin when she collected the most signatures on petitions to recall Scott Walker. She was out in that cold February Winter daily. She stood with groups on street corners, and gathered in parking lots. She was an inspiration, the very embodiment of the vibrancy of youth, speaking truth to power.
And, of course, there were always the pictures she posted of people and places, but with gift. Jenna’s eye through the lens captured the passion of protest. Even early on, when she was using a point and shoot camera, her pictures captured the conflict, irony, satire, and grace of human emotion in a way that struck the heart strings. I’ve never met Jenna, but I fell in love with her energy and work.
Would her energy and passion end with the loss of the Recall Election? Not Jenna. She was no one hit wonder. She went on and on. Soon she began shooting magical shots of the Overpass Light Brigade with trailers of neon spilling on to face book and twitter.
And, I remember a face book post when she announced that she was finally able to save the money to purchase her first “professional” camera, with all the bells and whistles.
She moved on to New York City and half way around the world, following her passionate fascination with peoples’ struggles for justice. Jenna tells her story in her own voice, in a much more moving and personal way than I ever could.
She is nearly at her goal of raising $15,000 for her collection of photographs, “Photo Book – An Activist Armed with a Camera”.