Amelia Schwencke Member Since July 2011 Artist Statement I have always been an artist. I came upon photography by happy accident. My first photograph was a joy and a revelation. The family was at the beach but because I had stiches on my leg from an accident I could not go in the water. Horrible. My mother, trying to deal with a very unhappy child, handed me her camera and suggested I take her picture. Surprised at how good it felt and how good the picture of her came out, I became addicted to photography. It has given me much joy ever since.