About Me - Valeria Vergara Photography

I am a biologist based in Vancouver, BC. I have been captivated by the natural world since I can remember: my first word was “bicho” (Spanish for “bug”), spoken with toddler authority while pointing at a line of ants. I am particularly curious about how non-human animals communicate, think and feel. It was this curiosity, in fact, that persuaded a young and eager version of myself to move from Argentina to Canada to become a biologist that someday would study how beluga whales communicate.

This website started as a channel to show my photographic foray into the crow world – an ongoing project now on its second year – and it soon became a canvas to explore my photography more broadly. This is a form of expression that has given me immense joy because, although I am incapable of drawing anything much fancier than a stick-figure, in my photography I have found a way to “paint” what I see.

I took many of these photographs (including several of the crow pictures) simply with a compact camera (Panasonic Lumix – ZS1), and more recently a bridge camera (Panasonic Lumix FZ200).  I am convinced that what really does the trick is not the camera but the eye, the ability to be in the moment and really see.

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." Aaron Siskind (1903-1991).



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