Meet our Editor: Sydney Gillum

Sydney Gillum is a photographer from Lakeland, Florida. She is a Senior at the Savannah College of Art and Design and is working towards a BFA in Photography with a concentration in Documentary Photography. She creates work in an attempt to change the perspectives of people around her. Her biggest passion is sharing her journey with mental illness and creating something that other people can relate to. She hopes to bring more awareness to mental health and body positivity.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a 22-year-old SCAD student and photographer. I spend most of my time with my dog Finley, I love documentaries, and I probably drink too much coffee.

What are your goals for the future of photography?

My biggest goal for the future of photography would be to use this medium to further tough conversations that people shy away from. Photography has such an ability to bridge the gap between visual art and conversation. There is such a possibility to help create a more accepting and open-minded community.

What is the best way to describe your personal work?

My personal work is based on mental health, body positivity, and creating conservations around tough topics. Here is a selection of the work I have created, and have resonated the most with me. These images have come from projects around the feelings of anxiety, navigating an eating disorder, defining femininity, and simple travel work. My concentration is documentary photography in school, but my work doesn’t always seem to fit that mold.

To view more of Sydney Gillum’s work please visit their website.