My name is Julia Hopkins. I am a visual journalist and artist with a passion for storytelling and love of spectacular light.
Originally from a coastal town in Rhode Island, I grew up with powerful connection to the natural environment, spending all the moments I could walking along the shoreline of Narragansett Bay or running down forest paths. I am from a small, tightly knit family with a lot of illness that has survived the worst imaginable, the loss of my mother in 2008. Part of my identity as photographer is using the camera to feel close to her again. When I went away to college, I took a class on the visual storytelling that introduced me to Robert Frank’s “The Americans”, W. Eugene Smith’s “The Country Doctor”, and Donna Ferrato’s “Living With the Enemy”, among others. I instantly fell head over heels in love with for long-form visual storytelling.
All of this comes together in who I am as a visual journalist. I believe in the camera’s ability to create a vulnerable space between the subject and viewer that melts away perceived difference. I see its value as a truth-telling force, and aspire to use it to honor the complexity of every story. I hope to use it to promote justice and equity above all.
Thank you for getting to know a little about me and how I see. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, potential assignments, or simply just want to chat over coffee.