Vanessa Tignanelli is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer whose work explores significant social and spiritual themes. Born in North Bay, Ont., Vanessa earned her BA in Specialized Studio Art at the University of Guelph. Since her graduation in 2012 she has worked as Photo & Graphics Editor and Office Manager for The Ontarion Independent Newspaper, Associate Editor & Photojournalist for Snapd Guelph, and a freelance videographer for The Globe and Mail, while operating an event photography business out of Guelph, Ont. In 2015 she entered into the independent film industry working under production designer Vince Moskowec.

Through her analyses of the concept of escapism, Vanessa has committed herself to capturing human connection in an age where technology has hindered face-to-face communication. At the root of her work is the concern for our constant struggle in search for happiness and an admiration for the unrestrained spirit. Her photography has brought her to places such as the Yukon Territory to study the vagabonds of her generation, and to hundreds of music festivals to document a culture desperate to get lost in the present. In May 2015 she travelled through Germany and Poland, documenting a Holocaust survivor as he returned to his painful past for the purpose of preventing future genocides through youth education.

Vanessa is currently studying photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. She will be heading to Costa Rica with the Duke of Edinburgh in July 2017 to track the ten-year anniversary of a rehabilitation project in Sarchi, which she helped kickstart in 2007.

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