In conversation with William Albert Allard

William Albert Allard has contributed over 40 articles to National Geographic magazine, is celebrated as one of the pioneers of colour photography, and is a former member of Magnum Photos.  From his home in Charlottesville, Va., Allard shares his evolution as a photographer and a writer in a phone call with Vanessa Tignanelli.  "Biography of a straight shooter" is an article that celebrates a rich career, one which continues to seek serendipitous moments and document the "one-act plays" that call him to be a storyteller.  

To read the article in The Pioneer:

Donkeys & The Globe and Mail

In a first attempt to produce video content, Vanessa went to shoot the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada in Puslinch outside of Guelph, Ontario on Oct. 16, 2016.

That footage was edited by Melissa Tait and published by the Globe and Mail. 


After two years of watching the Trump versus Clinton campaigns, many New Yorkers were stunned at the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016.
Although New York is a predominantly democratic state, the country has decided to put its faith in the republican party's leader, Donald Trump. From Time Square, Clinton supporters watched as the votes were counted. Their fear for the future brought tears to their eyes and their mouths to drop as they watched the numbers rise, too close to call for over eight hours. 
However unpopular their presence in New York, enthusiastic republican supporters gathered outside of the Hilton Hotel and Trump Tower, their cheers of "Make America great again!", "Drain the swamp!" and "Put her in jail!" heard across the country. 
Trump went on to surpass the required 270 seats at 2:30 a.m., becoming the official 45th President of the United States. Democrats had hoped to see Clinton receive her chance for leadership after over 30 years of service to the American people.
The results have shocked some of the country's most trusted voices, and has quickly led to protests against the president-elect, which are now sweeping across the country. Despite popular vote for Clinton, America has taken a chance on Trump's call for change. Many across the globe now pray that we will not see the kind of change they have asked for. 

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2016

Photos copyright Vanessa Tignanelli 2016



Standing with Standing Rock

Thousands of people screamed "Water is life!" from Queen's Park in Toronto last Saturday, in protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a proposed oil pipeline that will cross the Missouri River and destroy sacred indigenous burial grounds near Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
The front lines of the Standing Rock protest have become treacherous, with peaceful protestors being controlled by a strong military presence using pepper spray and attack dogs.
In Toronto, both non-indigenous and indigenous people stood in solidarity for those holding their ground at Standing Rock, as well as to voice their concerns for the state of clean drinking water worldwide.
Their march down University Avenue to Nathan Phillips Square ended with a powerful traditional round dance, all hand-in-hand and moving to the beat of the drums in the traditional prayer for what water provides. 

TORONTO, Nov. 5, 2016

Photos copyright Vanessa Tignanelli 2016

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Awards spotlights Gold & Silver Medal recipient Vanessa Tignanelli

The Duke of Edinburgh Canada and I sat down for an interview to discuss the Awards Program offered to students worldwide, the opportunities it provides, and what it did for me as a young girl deciding what to devote her life to.

Read the interview at: 

A few words from the Duke of Edinburgh:

"Vanessa Tignanelli vivaciously embodies the characteristics that The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award promotes. It’s a common theme with Duke of Ed participants: find your limit – and then surpass it. Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, she's embraced her northern roots hiking through the bush with camping and camera gear strapped to her back. 

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a thousand words could never do justice to the stories that Vanessa has captured from behind her lens. A photographer at heart, she is currently studying photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville.

Tignanelli enrolled for the Award when she signed up to do missionary work with Habitat for Humanity, and agreed to speak with The Duke of Ed about her Award experiences, what drives her, and why she believes everyone should embrace the opportunity to participate in The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award."

Published October 7, 2016


Young Creatives: Interview with Christina Hotz

Thank you to the amazing Christina TB Hotz for wanting to learn more about documentary photography and my endless pursuits! What a great opportunity to chat about what you're most passionate about!

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Christina is a Graphic Designer who thrives on taking part in discussions about art, music and creativity in general. Her series "Young Creatives" highlights the work of artists in her undergraduate social circle who have continued their creative pursuits past graduation, asking about their growth since, their goals moving forward, and their inherent purpose as artists.   


Poetry Slam

I am honoured to open the annual Ontario Poetry Slam at the eBar in Guelph, Ontario July 17, 2016 with some of my own poetry! Here's a sneak peak: 


Oh, luminescent template,
Guide into the depths.
She is a haven for escape.
She fits so comfortably in my automatic fingertips trained.
She forces me ne'er beyond the shallows,
And yet I know the whole world because of her.
My character less fragile in her encouraging portal.
Safe liberation from self-consciousness (I think),
As I am reinvented as the best version of myself. 
She encourages my exploration out of reach of imagination.
I take her up as my only arms -
And our relationship is a constant upgrade,
An update of the last spectacle.
A realm free of vulnerability.
She can erase all history, as I rewrite mine.
Saving half-solitary privacy; no face-to-face necessary.
Oh, sweet bright window,
She is my safety from society which notifies me constantly.

{A poem by Vanessa Tignanelli, March 24, 2016}

A March Across Germany and Poland

I am off to Germany and Poland as official documentary photographer for Routes of Memory and Hope, capturing the incredible journey of a special group of university students seeking to learn more firsthand about the realities of the Holocaust. My camera and I are grateful to be a part of this emotional experience, visiting the same locations that Margaret Bourke-White and so many other photographers captured, whose photos were integral to understanding this history.

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