Whether it’s family, friends, teachers, or strangers on the Internet, encouragement is often essential to providing an artist with that confidence they need to continue pursuing their craft. Like many of the photographers we have met over the last month, Alina Tsvor discovered photography as a teenager. She knew she enjoyed taking photos, but it wasn't until she shared them with her friends and a new found audience on social media, that she realized it could be a career.
For an afternoon in Chicago, Alina Tsvor led a group through the streets of Pilsen, the neighborhood where she lives, sharing tips and tricks; and more importantly, providing a space for participants to inspire and encourage each other.
Juxtapoz: When did you first become interested in photography?
Alina Tsvor: I first became interested in photography when I was in high school and there was a Yearbook class. I remember I picked up a camera, and I was like, "Okay, I'll just go walk around the school, and capture all this content that I wanted us to get." At that time I really didn't know anything about photography but with MySpace and all these social media platforms, I just kind of put it out there. People would tell me, "Oh, wow, this is like really good," and I thought, "Oh okay, maybe I should keep doing this." So that was about the time I decided to go to Chicago, and study photography at Columbia College. I wouldn't say I had much experience before coming to college. It wasn’t really until I got thrown into it that I realized, "Okay, this is happening."