Emy Windels (b. 1992) is a freelance photographer based in Boston, Massachusetts where she is currently completing her B.F.A. at The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Mainly interested in the inherent truth of a portrait, Emy’s pictures primarily focus on individual characters and relationships.
“The underlying idea of the “human family” appears throughout much of my photography. I have always been impacted by love, regardless of its nature, or what that love might mean to those involved. As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to recognize that relationships, of all types, are where I find the most meaning in life. From the importance of our parents as children, to the friends and lovers we surround ourselves with along the way; the idea of our constant yearning for someone to care for us throughout our lifetimes completely captivates me. Then, of course, there are times we stand alone, and I am equally interested in how individuals cope with that familiar feeling. I tend to photograph my own personal relationships as well as those of others. In photographing these connections, I am rewarded with a feeling of consolation and intimacy with all people. It’s the feeling of knowing that you’ll never truly be alone, that we’re all in this together.
I strive to make the most honest portraits as possible, and my method is simple. I spend time with my subjects, and allow them to present themselves the way they’d like to be seen. I try to wait until they’ve stopped paying attention to my camera and then I get my picture. In regards to my audience, my intent is for the viewer to share similar feelings of understanding and comfort while viewing my work. I try to make photographs that evoke the same emotions that inspired them.”
To view more of Emy’s work, please visit her website.