The next in our August/September series of “Getting to Know Us” bios …
GETTING TO KNOW WENDY VISSAR
The Professional Stats
• SAGE Role: Social Media Coordinator, aka, “The SAGE Broadcaster.” Wendy oversees the production, illustration and distribution of SAGE’s blog postings and social media communications.
• Street Cred: globe-trotting mother, travelling the world from home bases in Moscow, Cairo and Germany, 1982–1995. Independent web, social media and photographic consulting since 1997.
• Community Connections: Wendy enjoys volunteering her time and talents in a range of activities, from the cultural arts committee for her younger son’s middle school to the community garden at her mother’s nursing home. She’s also offered photo workshops for those coping with AIDS, and she makes a mean bake-sale cupcake.Favorite travel experiences/places/memories
My most memorable experience was reconnecting with my Albanian family, after the fall of Communism opened the country in 1989. It was very emotional visiting my grandmother’s sister for the first time. She opened the door … and it was as if I were looking into the face of my grandmother who had passed away many years earlier. My great aunt had photos of me from when I was a child that I’d never seen before. It was as if I had traveled back in time.Favorite photo technique tip
This is an easy tip, but so often overlooked: Think about what you actually want to feature within your frame. Usually, that means you should get closer to your subject!The least adventurous thing about you
I’m addicted to American television at the moment. I didn’t get to watch much when I was overseas, so I’ve been catching up on dramas like “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” “Arrested Development” and “Orange is the New Black.”
Biggest life lesson
Living in different cultures has taught me that it’s important to not get too judgmental of other people based on your own preconceived notions. You have to shift your mindset and understand that each society has its own cues. Watching my children grow up there, Egypt is in my heart now. My two sons’ childhood memories are from there and so it’s very close to us all. Egypt has so much to give; there is so much beauty. But there is much there as well that must change.