Merris kieller

assistant producer

meris@photographerswithoutborders.org

A little bit about you:
A graduate from Child, Youth and Family studies at the University of Guelph. Recently began exploring photography and other tools which help people share stories and can connect them to the world around us.

A little bit about your role at PWB:
Just starting off in the role of assistant producer. I am really looking forward to helping connect NGOs to motivated artists in order to give people a glimpse into the lives and challenges experienced around the world. I'm also really jazzed to spend more time with the other hard working and super friendly members of the team! :)

What's the best part of your job?
So far, it has been the feeling of collaboration, eagerness and open-mindedness at our weekly team meetings. I am looking forward to being more involved in supporting the storytelling aspect of PWB though!

What makes you more than a photographer?
I am more than a photographer because I really value learning about how different individuals live their lives. One of my favourite aspects of photography is chatting with people and getting a glimpse into their daily experiences. This helps me feel more grounded.

Favourite quote:
"The more you see, the more you know". A professor of mine said this as we were touring an art gallery in Shanghai and it has stuck with me since.

When you are not working, what do you enjoy doing?
Hiking, rock climbing, and general outdoor times. I love wandering around new places. Attempting to create a podcast where I interview guests because I really weirdly enjoy listening to people talk about themselves.

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a:
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a dancer. I was training to become a professional ballet dancer all the way until I finished high school. And then, plot twist, I decided to go to university instead!