Sandra, the shooter and storyteller

Sandra Proudman
Sandra Proudman

So far we’ve spoken to photographers Kevin Hume and Alexandra Meleán as well as editors Khari Johnson and Carlos Moreno.

Now we’ve got five questions for Sandra Proudman.

She’s a photographer who writes about photography and Latin America for Through the Cracks. She likes a good story, and she has written a few.

She wrote a story about Aline Smithson, who dressed her aging mom up like Elvis and other characters for more than two years.

More recently she wrote about a Berlin street photographer who crowdfunded his court battle to fight a law that calls pictures taken in public without permission an invasion of privacy. Visit her author bio page here.

Through the Cracks: Why are you a journalist or photographer or generally awesome person?

Proudman: An unyielding passion for storytelling. Stories are really what connects us to one another, whether they be shared visually or through writing, there’s tremendous power in sharing stories.

Through the Cracks: Why did you decide to become a contributor to Through the Cracks?

I liked the idea of contributing writing to a great startup and at the same time supporting the endeavor of one of my good college friends, Carlos Moreno. It was a win-win situation and an invitation to be part of an awesome startup.

Through the Cracks: What are you working on right now?

Proudman: For Through the Cracks, I am working on a really great story about a photographer that is traveling around the world to take portraits of women. Outside of Through the Cracks, I have a full time job working for another great startup, CostTree, which provides cloud-based cost allocation planning for nonprofits and local governments. I also juggle a plethora of side projects, which include working on a novel and on a landscape collection of photographs from state and national parks.

Through the Cracks: What has surprised you about or captured your interest in crowdfunding journalism?

Proudman: What’s captured my insterest the most is the wide range of projects people are working on, each unique and full of storytelling.

Through the Cracks: When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

Proudman: When my mom, my sister and I get together there are some really magical moments where one of us says something so funny we’ll all laugh until there’s tears coming out of our eyes. Last time we had one of those days was New Years Day.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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