Photography became a part of Amanda El Jaouhari's life during her rehabilitation from an injury that ultimately resulted in back surgery. Before the injury, El Jaouhari, 36, said she was unaware of the "parasitic nature of pain" and it was very hard for her to see the beauty in the world even after having a successful operation.
But during that time, a friend who works as a professional photographer visited once a month and eventually placed a camera in El Jaouhari's hands.
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"We started out walking around the historic cemeteries in downtown Raleigh," said El Jaouhari, a native of Cary who now lives in Holly Springs. "The camera became my prosthetic to view the beauty in the world again. I cannot function without it."
Now an avid street photographer, El Jaouhari said her two favorite places to take street shots are downtown Raleigh and the Raleigh Flea Market.
"There is always something new and exciting to photograph," she said, adding that she’s recently also started a new photo adventure exploring sites around North Carolina with her two sons.
"For me, photography is sorting through the everyday moments to capture the exceptional ones, those exceptional moments that are subtle and those that are grand, to visually write the lines of a story and fill the chest with emotion," she said.
Note: This is the second installment in an occasional series profiling North Carolina photographers.