Alliana Myers will graduate in fall 2021 from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and a minor in Art History. She chose to pursue photography because it allows her to enjoy as well as control aesthetics, tell a story, and “capture life’s purest moments and hold them forever.” However, she didn’t immediately know that photography was her life’s purpose — she postponed declaring a major until her junior year after exploring various subjects. Myers realized that the degree she would walk away with was something that mattered, and she wanted it to be meaningful to her life as well as her future career.
Some people feel destined for greatness. Myers is one of them, knowing since childhood that she wanted to “do something big.”
“Photography is a field that has the ability to show the truth of the world, which can be incredibly important considering all of the corruption and evil that runs through the veins of this Earth,” she said. “I want to make this world a better place and I know I can do that through photography.”
“I want to be a part of [Writing Wrongs] because I want to learn — learn about other’s lives and struggles, learn about the field of work that is photojournalism, learn about different cultures and environments — and I feel that education brings awareness, which is foundational in breaking down discriminatory systems.”
After she graduates, Myers would like to secure internships in different countries. She is currently completing an internship in Rome, Italy. She would like to eventually pursue a Master of Arts in photography.
Myers has participated in multiple protests against racism and has donated to individuals and organizations in support of this issue. She also tries to support POC-owned businesses as much as possible. Attending school in Philadelphia, she said, automatically involves her in racism issues because of the poverty, drug, and police issues the city faces. She tries to fight these issues at their core.
Closer to home, Myers has called out microaggressions and racist statements made by family members. “It’s always a difficult conversation because no one wants to believe they’re racist or do racist things, so when you call it out it can make for a difficult conversation,” she said.
When she’s not busy deepening her studies, Myers enjoys exploring the world and spends any free time she has trying to expand her life experience. She could be found hiking, at the beach, or on a drive while listening to her favorite music and being with the people who mean the most to her.
Myers believes that too many people in this world suffer from lack of money, food, housing, and relationships. Her one wish for the world is to end suffering and replace it with love, because if everyone was loved and held love to the highest account, the world would know peace.