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Meet Ruth Addisu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruth Addisu.

Hi Ruth, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In high school an ESPN editor came to speak to a video class I was in. The editor was assertive, professional, a woman, and black! I’d never seen someone who represented so much of me in a position I aspired to be in. Her presence made me believe that being an editor for a huge media company was possible.

After listening to her story, is when I really began to explore photography and videography as a career choice. She had went to school and studied film, so that’s exactly what I did. In 2018, I graduated from Towson University with a Bachelors’s degree in Electronic, Media, and Film. While pursuing my degree, I created Channel 19. This became my platform which now services clients in photography and videography needs.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I’ve been very blessed in this path but there have been struggles. I was struggling with depression for a couple of years and didn’t even realize it. I developed self-destructive patterns, which grew and hindered me from any type of growth. It affected my quality of work, how I interacted with clients. I just wanted to isolate and be left alone.

However, I am blessed to have an amazing support system. My family noticed me spiraling into a decline, and their concerns being out of love moved me to seek therapy. That is not where this struggle ended, but it is where the healing began.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m a photographer and videographer that transcribes truth into pixels. Exploring and exposing truth is what I believe sets my work apart from others. I am most proud of the series I captured with the help of models Gloria Penka and Javon Roye. The series is called “Power to the People”. It is simple yet loud. The inspiration behind it was the US Presidential election in 2020. I wanted to encourage people to vote via, because of the pandemic, and voter security. The inspiration led me to capturing a series of photos where you feel the emotion without missing the message.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
During the Covid-19 crisis, I learned the lesson to love your enemies, including the enemy within you. Embrace the negative thoughts as well as the positive ones. My thoughts and emotions are as real as my skin and bones, so I learned to acknowledge them. Practicing this during the pandemic has taught me the power of love.

I learned that love is the best food you can feed your soul and the best gift you can ever give to anyone. So now I make a point to feed myself kindness, patience, and grace —the pillars of love.

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