Bio for Sandra Jasmin

I am a documentary-style travel photographer and film/tv art director based in Canada. I’m focused on creating awareness and understanding to bridge cultures, communities and countries. I’m naturally curious. My inspirations: the surreal beauty of the world and the enduring power of the human spirit. I explore and learn about the world firsthand. My images highlight the overall essence of a place, vivid environmental portraits and images on political and social topics. 

No matter what the medium, my goal has always been to create, share and chase compelling images that have a raw and vivid essence. I hope viewers find the beautiful and the unexpected in my photographs.

I was born in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps and immigrated to Canada in 1998 with a background as a drafting technician in civil, landscape and urban engineering. Upon studying visual effects and immersing myself in the arts, I picked up a camera to study lighting and that was the beginning of my life as a photographer.

What makes you passionate about helping Uganda Hands for Hope?

Uganda Hands for Hope is a project close to my heart because it is aimed at improving the lives of people in developing countries. I am a visual storyteller who will never tire of the endurance of the human spirit.

I strongly believe in the Uganda Hands for Hope mission statement – “Everyone deserves the best chance in life.” I also believe in their commitment to support some of the most vulnerable children on the planet and their families and these children will lead the next generation.

I believe that education is the foundation of growth and development. By empowering the children with knowledge, the program helps to empower communities. With every new generation of educated young people, a wave of change and improvement will occur, and the cycle of poverty can end.

The health nutrition and social care programs as well as the alternative education program sync perfectly with my core beliefs. The programs are designed for sustainable growth, encouraging these communities to earn a meaningful livelihood.

It is time for each and every one of us to step up and come together to do our part in supporting developing communities.

How do you believe your photography can make a difference for them? 

Photography is an extremely powerful medium. A picture can tell a whole story even when language is a barrier. Helping to create awareness about the work of Uganda Hands for Hope through thought-provoking visual images.

My focus is to create awareness and galvanize action. Capture the essence of the place with my photographs so that the world can catch a glimpse of the exceptional work being done here. My photographs will be a 'call to action,' urging people to get involved with the projects of Uganda Hands for Hope. 

Armed with a well-documented series of photographs, I am confident that the efforts made here will be noticed by other communities. My contribution to this project would be to try and generate global awareness with my work.

What message would you like to send to your supporters?

Thank you for helping us! I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to come to Uganda and document the amazing work carried out by this organization. It is an amazing opportunity for me to give back by donating my time, skills, equipment and expertise to an incredibly worthy cause.

Our simple work may be the greatest inspiration to help each of us become a better human every day.