BONNIE EVA CHAN

Here’s what I’m all about…

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MY UNOFFICIAL BIO (10 FUN FACTS ABOUT ME):

  1. I live for road trips and will take almost any excuse to do one. So far, I’ve driven east/west across the United States on three separate occasions, two of those times by myself. I find solo road trips to be lonely, meditative, and life-changing. I find road trips with other people to be great tests of relationship.

  2. I’m a competent but inconsistent athlete. I’ll bike 550 miles in a week (AIDS/LifeCycle!) or run a full marathon, and then not bike or run again for a year.

  3. Deserts, mountains, and woods are my jam. I’m not super into beaches and I generally call myself a landlubber…. though if I gotta, I’ll tolerate a tropical island vacation.

  4. I met my partner, Josh, online. On our first date, we each brought friends along and biked to an epic warehouse party in East Oakland featuring nude aerialists, jugglers, and lots of opportunities to be on terrible first-date behavior. At the end of the night, I invited him back to my place and now we are married.

  5. I gave birth to our daughter at home and would absolutely recommend considering a home birth to anyone who’s even remotely thinking about it. I am always happy to talk about this with pretty much anyone. You. Your grandma. That guy over there.

  6. My official favorite movies are 2046, Closer, and Beasts of the Southern Wild—really heavy, evocative, moody stuff. My unofficial favorite movie is Bridesmaids—again, really heavy, evocative, moody stuff. I also love climbing documentaries like The Dawn Wall. And cinematic documentaries about how amazing our planet is.

  7. That said, I don’t have a TV and have watched maybe two new movies in the past few years. (I have a toddler and I don’t get enough sleep as it is.) So I probably haven’t seen that mind-blowing movie/show/series, sorry. I swear I’ve never even watched a single episode of Parks and Rec. (I probably HAVE read that mind-blowing book, though. I’m a pretty voracious reader, and always have been.)

  8. I’m mortally terrified of heights, though I do still force myself to go climbing. One time, on a skywalk at the Columbia Icefield, I had to crawl across the skywalk on my hands and knees, hyperventilating. That was during Josh’s and my honeymoon. It was super romantic.

  9. I first knew I wanted to be a photojournalist/visual storyteller because I physically cannot stay away from a rally, march, protest, or direct action that supports a cause for human dignity. I really, really love being in the thick of it. That also applies to my wedding and family photography.

  10. On the Meyers Briggs test, I am exactly on the line between being an introvert and an extrovert.

 

MY OFFICIAL BIO:

I'm a freelance photographer and journalist, and a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated twice from the University of California at Berkeley—first for a bachelor's degree in history and mass communications, then for a master's degree in journalism with a focus on narrative writing and photojournalism. I have a background in nonprofit work, especially around reproductive justice advocacy, and have volunteered my time as an HIV prevention counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic and as a student editor with San Quentin News, the inmate-run newspaper at San Quentin State Prison.

In storytelling, I find myself coming back over and over to explorations of home—people’s relationship to geography and the places they call home; the stories of couples and families at home; and the ebbs and flows of life milestones and the birth/death cycle.

I currently live in Berkeley, California, and I love to travel.


BONNIE’S NON-EXCLUSIVE LIST OF INSPIRATIONS & JOYS:

 
(Photo by Aran Watson)

(Photo by Aran Watson)

narrative and creative nonfiction
impeccable storytelling, in all forms
love, in all forms
road trips
weird kitschy Americana
the wild outdoors and epic landscapes
making things with my hands
things that other people make with their hands
parenting
burritos
bourbon
social justice
beautiful interior design
comfortable pants
my people


 

MY PHOTOGRAPHY CLIENTS INCLUDE:

All* Above All, California Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice at Berkeley Law, David Brower Center, Flavorpill x UGG Australia, Forward Together, Homestead Apothecary, If/When/How (formerly Law Students for Reproductive Justice), Rainforest Action Network, Retrofit Republic, and Swarm Gallery + Studios

AND I’VE PRODUCED REPORTING FOR:

KALW 91.7FM San Francisco, East Bay Express, Missoula Independent (RIP), Richmond Confidential, Oakland North, Oakland Local, and Flavorpill

 

Well, there you go! More information than you’ve probably ever wanted to know about someone you haven’t met! Still interested? Not scared yet? Think you and I might make a real good match?

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(Photo by Kristine Paulsen)

(Photo by Kristine Paulsen)

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