As we enter 2016, now is the time to look back on all those fond memories of Dayton from last year. After all, 2015 was a pretty big year for the little city that could.
Over the course of 365 days (the whole year), a local photographer, Nadia Martinez, has documented her unique perspective on places and things many of us Daytonians see on a regular basis.
Although she is not natively from Dayton, Nadia Martinez, has grown to love the Gem City through the lens of her camera.
Tell us about yourself.
NM: I am 27, an American-Muslim, and I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for over 6 years now. Currently, I work as a freelance photographer. I grew up in Oklahoma. I had always been artistic, but I have been interested in photography ever since high school when, as a straight A student. I got a C in the subject! After that, I dove into it headfirst and never looked back! I started my own little photography business back in 2009. When I’m not busy with my photography, I enjoy reading, video games, hanging out with my friends, Netflixing and traveling.
What motivated you to document all 365 days of the year through photos?
NM: Well, these days I am primarily a portrait and commercial photographer. But when I started out, I did a bit of everything… nature and landscapes, architecture, conceptual photography and more. I just missed that. I wanted to do something to push myself to expand my portfolio, to grow my skills as a photographer, and to get out of the house and explore. Holding myself accountable by sharing my 365 project photos on social media is really motivating for me as well.
Why did you choose these particular photos to share? What about these pictures stood out the most to you?
NM: I picked photos that I thought showed the most variety in subject matter and skills and techniques used. I also wanted photos that gave a good sense of how I view the world around me, specifically of Dayton.
When did you move to Dayton and why?
NM: My husband and I moved to Dayton back in March 2013. My husband’s in the Air Force – and he got stationed at Wright Patt. So here we are.
What do you love about life in Dayton?
NM: To be honest, I’m not sure I ever even heard of Dayton before I moved here! Sounds crazy to me now. I just love how much Dayton’s got it going on… so many awesome places to get good food, how great it is to be active here with all the beautiful parks and bike trails, the incredibly friendly people, and the rich history. And even with all that, life isn’t TOO fast here which I appreciate.
Where can people go to see more of your work?
NM: I am all over social media! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr but I would love people to have a look at my website. You will find information about my business, a blog where I post about specific shoots and even tips for those who are new to photography and my portfolio of all my best work over the years, much of which can be purchased as art for your home, office, or as a gift!
What’s one thing you’d like other people to know about Dayton?
NM: The parks! Whether you are into photography like me and need a beautiful place to shoot portraits or nature, if you enjoy outdoor activities like fishing, canoeing, hiking, cycling, etc., if you want to take your family on a nice outing, or just want to appreciate some nature… Five Rivers Metroparks does an amazing job with the parks around here. Definitely my favorite thing about Dayton!
Not all of your photos are of Dayton - do you travel for work or pleasure?
NM: For pleasure. I enjoy traveling and experiencing new cuisines and culture so much, and I typically go on trips to see family and friends which are all scattered about the US and the world.