By Rida Ahmed
Scout Hebinck is a San Francisco-California based photographer who will be travelling to One 4 Another in Uganda. One 4 Another facilitates life-altering surgeries for children in Uganda.
Hebinck was raised in rural Oklahoma, as well as parts of New Mexico and Colorado, on a horse racing farm. At a very young age, with the influence of her Bohemian mother and nomadic grandparents, she fell for the art of using a camera to explore other cultures. According to Hebinck, “this is where I can say my Huck Finn sense of adventure for the outdoors began. My mother’s hippie fashion sense and the introduction to many rock concerts, clearly, influenced my deep appreciation of all music and enhanced my taste for the chicer sense. My grandparents leading me all over the country with horses, has made me the adaptable person I am with a drive to travel to all seven continents.”
Hebinck went to college and studied to be a nurse, and eventually attained a master’s degree. Hebinck says, “I am a nurturer, a dreamer, a recorder of images. After becoming a nurse and working in war torn countries in Africa and post Tsunami Asia, as well as being a first responder during disasters, I wanted to capture the timeless moments through my lens. These tastes of photojournalism lead me to portraiture, people, and fashion as I continued to evolve and grow. My love for science fused with still life art, along with the impact of farm living with a garden, drove my desire to photograph food in its many forms.”
Of her love of photography, Hebinck says, “my infatuation with photography and light is a daily mantra; often wishing my eye could be a camera and the light, in itself, such a poetic symphony speaking to and ruling me daily. I strive to tell a story and create an inspiring photograph that not only do I hope speaks to the world, but continues to inspire me. You can often find me amid the ocean, the mountains, the trees, or riding horses, and of course listening to live music somewhere. I make my bed in San Francisco, California and I am a sucker for assignments where I have the opportunity to travel, explore, and connect.”
1. Why did you decide to become photographer? Was there a specific moment when you knew this is what you wanted to do?
Becoming a photographer was very natural to me, my grandfather handing me a little DISC camera and telling me to photograph his horses was the beginning. It was an outlet for self expression but also a way for me to connect to horses--which has changed since I now use photography to connect to people. I have had many a "aha moments" that made me realize I wanted to do this but the one that sticks out the most was when I was given an assignment in an environmental portraiture class I decided to take; I had to photograph a complete stranger and I didn't know how I would connect with them enough to get them in front of the camera. I have now photographed this person on five occasions and now she is a very close friend of mine. The connection we had became a beautiful friendship and made me love photography that much more - it drives me to photograph and connect with more strangers.
2. Who has been the biggest influence in your photography career? Are there photographers you admire/look up to?
The biggest influence on my career has been my grandfather and my parents encouraging me to shoot. As far as photographers influencing me I would say Dan Winters and Art Streiber - their work and dedication as well as their style continues to drive me to be a better photographer. Stanley Greene is a war/documentarian photographer whom I admire for his work and dedication to show the world what’s going on, he has risked his life in ways I completely understand and his images are beautiful and provoking. I first saw Jimmy Chin's work in Outside magazine in early 2000s and feel in love with how the adventurer could sustain a lifestyle of extreme sports as well as photograph it, I identified so well. He continues to draw my eye to the outdoors with landscapes, but mostly extreme sports. Tim Walker's eccentric style with fashion and portraiture really pushes me to be creative and step outside the box not only with fashion photography but building an entire set for a shoot.
3. Why did you decide to join PWB?
Did I choose them or did they choose me? I like their mission and concept of mixing philanthropy with photography.
4. Why this project specifically?
I have visited eight countries in Africa. I've travelled there alone, as a nurse, and as a nurse/photographer. I am excited to be going to Uganda, I have never been there and the organization I will be collaborating with is appealing to me because of their work with children and surgeries. Being a nurse I have an understanding of the medicine side.
5. What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience? What do you hope the organization will gain from this experience?
I hope to gain deeper connections with the children and organization I will be photographing. I hope to be able to show the world their atrocities as well as their recoveries.
6. How are you preparing for this trip? Are you fundraising?
My plan is to educate others around me on this organization and in turn fundraise.
7. What advice do you have for people thinking of joining PWB?
My advice is the more experience you have travelling alone the better. You will also gain experience in documentary or reportage photography which will help you when doing these projects in the future.
To donate to Scouts trip, please click here
To Learn more about One 4 Another, visit their website here.