I think of myself more as a story teller than a photographer...
I started photographing in 1999. My good friend sold me his used equipment, and I'll be honest, I think it was more that he needed to fund his next evolution of equipment purchases vs nurture the budding photographer in me. I knew nothing of photography but 25 year old me had big plans to see the world, and document it with this camera.
Fast forward nearly 20 years, and I'm still going, and I've made a career out of what started as a hobby. My dream to see the world has become my reality, and I've been documenting my journey and the journey of those I meet through my lens. I am privileged to have the role of working alongside NGO's documenting the work they do for the people who need their assistance. From Landmine clearance to human trafficking, to mother and child health to sustainable agriculture, there are so many stories that need to be told.
Joel Johnson is currently completing the last step in his Interdisciplinary Masters Degree at Royal Roads University where he is a research assistant. He currently works as a Communication Specialist for National Office of The Salvation Army Canada and Bermuda. Recent photo work has taken him to Malawi, Mozambique and Sri Lanka. Joel is preparing to head to Bangladesh in the coming months as well as Haiti to share more stories of the people who live in these places