Justin Risley is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker from Cromwell, Connecticut. He is currently pursuing a BA in Journalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His work focuses on travel, sustainability, politics, and the built environment and its people. His obsession with visual inconsistencies, people watching, and the wonder of everyday are portrayed in his work.
Justin has independently created photographs and films since the age of 10. At the dawn of Youtube in 2007, he made a channel and has been making visual content ever since. He has experimented with various styles and genres through the years, ultimately leading him to documentary and photojournalism.
In 2018, Justin self-published his first photo book, "Remnants of Hawaii" (2018). He recently completed a semester abroad in Japan. This past summer, he interned as a reporter and photographer for The Norwich Bulletin. As a senior at UMass, Justin is working to make more books, films, and photo stories for 2019.
Based in Cromwell, CT and Amherst, MA ///// UMass Amherst 20'