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Stephanie Wendelin

NEW YORK CITY, United States

Before Stephanie came along, there was her mother: a woman who began her life in Germany, married an American soldier at 19, and started a new life in the United States. After her first marriage ended, in stepped Steph's father: a Chicago-born son of a Lutheran preacher-man.

Stephanie grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana. After a prototypical Southern upbringing, her decision to move to New York was evidence of her genetics--a complimentary mixture of Protestant work ethic and German tradition, whimsy, and strength, topped off with American ambition. Let's not forget the hospitality.

Stephanie began studies in 2004 at New York University and created stephandthecity.net, her online photo journal chronicling travels away from home. Photography has always been Steph's preferred medium, and she considers it a tool to connect with the past through the classic medium of black and white film (though she also shoots digital in color). Applied to modern subjects, the product is nostalgic in tone but documentary in effect. Her European photography, featured here, was taken while studying abroad in Florence, where she met our founder and helped to inspire Border Hopping. Simultaneously, Steph discovered her renewed interest in photography of the rural South, drawing contrasts between Italy's quaint villages and the authentically American landscapes with which she was raised.

In 2008, she graduated with degrees in Journalism and Art History and began work in advertising. Photography is on the agenda whenever she can make it back to Louisiana, and Border Hopping anxiously awaits her results.

VIEW HER FOLIO: flickr.com/photos/13854607@N02