About Wendy Young
At the age of nineteen, I abandoned my future career as a French Horn player and started making images. Capturing moments on film, processing the film, and making prints became an obsession for me. Like many beginning photographers, I thought that good photographs were produced by traveling to places far from home and by observing unfamiliar people and cultures. I made my fair share of images based on this philosophy. Photographing Mardi Gras Parades, abandoned buildings, and neighborhoods in which I had never lived, afforded me success in making images but didn’t encourage formulation of the visual language I needed to portray the world in pictures. Education changed my way of communicating visually.
 
In 1996, my eight-year-old daughter, Corey, and I moved from our home in Pensacola, FL to Santa Fe, NM so I could finish my undergraduate work at the College of Santa Fe. Encouraged by my teachers, I learned that photographing from a personal point of view made my images speak what I wanted to say about the world. Photographing Corey led my attempts at honing my newly discovered visual language. I continued photographing Corey and her friends as they grew into their teenage years. This work became difficult to continue because of the sensitive line between being a documentarian and a mother. It’s difficult to create a healthy balance between those two roles, so I chose to concentrate on being “mom.” 
 
In 1999 I started my taching career at the College of Santa Fe, my alma mater. In 2009, CSF closed and the campus was taken over by Santa Fe University of Art and Design. I've been teaching there since 2010. Teaching is as important to me as making my own work. Sharing knowledge is is my way of giving back to the world. Digital photography has made it possible for more people than ever to embrace photography as a means of communcating visually. It's also a bit confusing and complicated! I love sharing what I know and seeing people embrace their perspective of the world and in turn, share that perspective creatively.   
 
I have continued photographing what is personal to me. My parents’ leaving my childhood home and retiring to New Mexico; my family; and my former homeland in the South have provided ample subject matter for me to explore visually. I continue to be obsessed with capturing moments and learning from them.
               
I look forward to working with you!
 
                                                                                      –Wendy Young