Adobe Lightroom Ambassador: Tomás Karmelo Amaya

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Tomás Karmelo Amaya

In my journey as a visual storyteller, I contribute to collective healing through co-creating images which embrace the poetry of motion and light, while also embracing Indigenous cultures and lifeways.

Rooted in ancestral teachings, these expressions are at once a celebration of our immense abundance as Indigenous people, and a trauma and healing-informed response to our attempted erasure. The poetic motion happens in front of and behind the camera.

As a poet, I like to move my camera as I would my pen — bringing intention and nuance to every frame, as I would to every syllable or line in a poem. These moments speak to how we’ve survived for generations by staying in motion.

When we create images that speak of abundance in our communities, we are actively breaking cycles that relegate us to deficit-based models of existence. There is great healing power in our visual narratives.

Artist Bios

  • Tomás Karmelo Amaya

    Tomás Karmelo Amaya

    Tomás Karmelo Amaya was born for the A:shiwi, Rarámuri, and Yoeme tribes. He is a creative director, filmmaker, writer, visual artist, and Indigenous futurist. His work focuses on creating opportunities for healing by embracing intentionality and Indigenous teachings in all forms of expression. He was raised in West Phoenix, Arizona on the ancestral homelands of The O’odham, Yavapai, Piipaash, Maricopa, and Yaqui tribes. His work has been published and featured with the New York Times, CNN, Now This News, Nike, Patagonia, Hasselblad, and Apple among several others. He and his wife, Siera Begaye Amaya, co-own Kanion, a creative agency and production company based out of Phoenix, Arizona. As a public speaker and educator, his most recent keynote was at Princeton University’s Carl A. Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding to speak on visual storytelling, kinship, and community.


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