Washington, District of Columbia
Award of Excellence: $2,000
"Having Asperger's and learning disabilities, I look at the world in a different way than my typical peers. As a photojournalist who is interested in disability studies, I feel a connection to my subjects. I strive to capture their world through the lens of a camera."
Caitlin Miller began taking photograpahs while travelling through Myanmar with a high school travel program in 2007. Travelling the country, meeting people, and hearing their accounts of daily life and democratic struggles deeply motivated Miller to capture their stories and emotions on film. Returning home, Miller found the power of her photography to be the best method of expression for her art practice.
Since then, Miller has focused her studies on photographic technique and her practice on photojounalism. Miller says that "Because I often struggle to express with words, photojournalism has given me the opportunity to tell a story through a series of photographs." With a focus on disability studies, Miller's recent works have included photographic stories about children and adults on the autism spectrum. This series documents the challenges, both internal (biology) and external (cultural and societal forces) of living with a disability.
Miller is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photojournalism at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C.