For some Howard students, photography can be seen as a form of therapy. Meet Jonne’ Sampson, a junior at Howard University majoring in photography.
“I’m easily one of the best photographers in my generation,” Sampson told HBCU Buzz, boasting about herself. “I have dedicated a majority of my life to learning the arts and technique of photography.”
“I had several traumatic events that sent me into a deep depression last year. I tried to talk to some of my family about it, but my cry for help was being mistaken for depreciation and complaining,” Sampson said.
“I was born an artist, I started off painting on kitchen walls.”
She continued, “I don’t hype myself up often, but… I have dedicated a majority of my life to learning the art and technique of photography. I took that knowledge and used it to shoot for several major companies such as Rush Card, National Education Association, and Top Dawg Entertainment to name a few.”
Check out our Q&A below.
What made you decide create this showcase? “I had several traumatic events that sent me into a deep depression last year. I tried to talk to some of my family about it, but my cry for help was being mistaken for depreciation and complaining. I did not leave my room for nearly three months. I woke up every day questioning God, why me? Why were all odds against me? After having long talks with my some of my closest friends, they reminded me why God keeps sparing my life, I have a purpose. We all have a purpose and I want everyone to know that. I do not want anyone to feel the emptiness I felt. I want to provide the community with a safe space to talk to others who have been through the same thing so they can understand they have all the support in the world.”
How long have u been an artist? “I was born an artist.”
What new art related talent are you learning? “I’m taking up the art of Media Production with Dr. Kendrick. Best class decision I’ve made, be on the look out for some dope visuals. #TaughtByKendrick.”
What’s your favorite part about what you do? “My favorite part of my job is seeing my subject excited with the product. It’s nice to see someone else enjoy my work.”
Outside of art and photography, what are your interests? “I love going to see spoken word. I’m not that good with words, so I love to see other people who are.”
Who would be your dream collaboration? “If I could work with someone it would be André 3000, Kanye, and 50 cent.”
If I go on google in 10 years & search Jonné, what will pop up? “World Renown Photographer and Owner of F/8TE Productions just won another Pulitzer prize breaking the world record.”
“I’m working on a new photo series for my show depicting how I felt during my period of depression. It does not have a name yet,” Sampson said.