A composition of photos of three participants in the 2016 Urban Exposure Project

People of the Urban Exposure Project

Jesse Tamayo is a Graphic Designer and Photographer based in Calgary, Alberta. Growing up, he always had a passion for the visual arts and knew one day he would turn it into a career he loved. He has grown to love photography since 2007 when he played around with his first DSLR camera. In the past two years he has slowly made the transition into professional photography and enjoys experimenting with a variety of genres and editing styles. He enjoys travelling the world, seeing life through a lens and eating beef jerky. He also finds it really awkward talking about himself in the 3rd person.

People of UEP

The best part about The Urban Exposure Project (UEP) for me was the people. Everyone couldn’t be any friendlier and eager to help each other out. I was constantly inspired to be a better photographer and a better citizen. It is groups like these, the cycle of giving and the conversations started, which spark positive change in our communities.

I learned a lot about storytelling, photography and most importantly about how The United Way’s programs and initiatives contribute to making Calgary a great city for everyone. All of that wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for this group. So for my final project, I decided to create a series of photo collages as an artistic self-reflection piece of my amazing time with UEP.

By using some masking and blending techniques in Photoshop I was able to create a double-exposure effect using portraits of volunteers from the group mixed with a variety of images taken from our photo walks.

I couldn’t be more proud to have been a part of UEP this year and it was a privilege to be surrounded by a group of genuine people with a common goal of photography and philanthropy.