"I Still Wouldn't Mind Being A Fish"

By Joanna Insco

As a child, if asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I would say a fish. Years later, I’d answer marine biologist since it was the closest I could get. Now, with a degree in journalism and environmental studies nearly complete, I still wouldn’t mind being a fish.

I’ve always loved the planet and the life that inhabits it. It’s a love reflected in my aspirations, studies, and dreams. It's been inspired by parents who’ve always planned annual camping trips, the privilege I’ve had to travel, and an appreciation for the intricate design of the Earth. My camera roll reflects my gaze; most often directed at the grass beneath and the sky above, and it’s overflowing with life I’ve seen across places and times. These photos reflect a glimpse into the constant thread connecting me to the people I’ve been and who I want to be.

A series of 12 photos from 2017 to 2024 taken by Joanna Insco.

Yosemite, California December 28, 2017
Crescent City, California July 25, 2018
Griffith Observatory, California June 29, 2019
Prairie Creek Redwood State Park, California July 10, 2020
Kailua Beach Park, HI November 24, 2020
Gas Works Park, WA March 23, 2021
Mission Dolores Park, CA March 18, 2022
Tijuana, Mexico April 11, 2022
Fern Canyon, CA June 28, 2022
1000 Steps Beach Laguna, CA July 28, 2022
El Dorado Hills, CA May 29, 2023
Central Park, NY April 9, 2024

Meet Joanna Insco

Joanna Insco is the Managing Editor of TwoTwoOne Issue V: Map and a junior at MMC. She hails from California and is majoring in journalism and minoring in environmental studies with the dream of becoming a writer and an environmental journalist. Outside school and working at a coffee shop, Joanna enjoys writing for The Monitor, participating in events with Sustain MMC, reading, photography, and listening to podcasts. 
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