Justin Finkbonner, Portland Member Since September 2011 Artist Statement How does one capture consciousness, time, memory, spirit, in a single image? Justin Finkbonner is Squi Shea Mut, a descendant of the survivors of the great flood, born of the Coast Salish People of the Great Lummi Nation. Finkbonner's photography focuses on the dynamism of human relationships and, specifically, the human's relationship to the natural world; it is a candid exploration of the relationship between himself as an indigenous photographer, his varied subjects, and his viewers. Justin says of his work, "the vision and gifts of my ancestors, that have paved the way for me to reflect the images captured through my indigenous lens, are what informs my work primarily. I will continue to follow the path that is laid before me in order to share the beauty of the natural world as it exists for all of us. It is an honor and a gift for me to capture some of this beauty in time and to share my work and creative process with all who are open to receive it and grow from it."