Gina Danza uses nature photography to redefine how we think about nature


Meet Gina Danza (aka Wild Gina)

Every once in a while, you come across an Instagram feed that genuinely alters your state. More calm, more peace. This is the case of Gina Danza, a creative force in the world of photography.

The 31-year-old Jersey creates nature photography so captivating that it stands out from all in her field. Her work makes you slow down, breathe and instantly feel more at ease.

In this way, it contributes to the well-being of people. She also makes a name for herself in a saturated industry and shows others that glass ceilings are made to be broken.

@WildGina, her IG handle, has spent most of her life in NYC. She says she’s lived a very simple life, working her way up the corporate ladder as a regional representative and television producer. One day, she realized that she dreaded going to work. Because of this, she began to take her love and talent for photography more seriously. The fact that she also loves hiking, road trips and the great outdoors gave her a subject that was a perfect match for her skill set.

In his own words, the goal was more “epic”.

Wild Gina combines art and exploration

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Image: @wildgina on Instagram

Gina Danza now spends her time as a full-time outdoor and adventure photographer. She’s also a creative director who instills an element of epic in everything she does. She spends her days capturing incredible moments in nature.

As a result, she swapped the business world for the desert and the mountains. She now uses nature as her office. She recently moved to Arizona, and she says doing so felt like coming home. Especially in the midst of a global pandemic and political uprisings against racial injustice, his work is more relevant and inspiring than ever.

Redefining how (and who) we think about nature

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Image: @wildgina on Instagram

Part of what inspires Wild Gina is her commitment to encouraging black people to enjoy the great outdoors. She reminds people with her work that it doesn’t have to involve a huge three-hour hike or extreme camping and hiking. There’s so much more to enjoying nature, and it can be done in half a day, or even a morning excursion into the mountains.

She recounts the time her mother took her camping when she was a child. The sun entered their trend through the trees and created a mystical early morning light. It was simply magical. That’s part of why she loves sunrises and sunsets so much – their mystical nature is both otherworldly and totally of this world.

What is the purpose of Wild Gina?

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Image: @wildgina on Instagram

In short, Wild Gina’s goal is to make waves in the outdoor industry and increase Black representation in the outdoors. She prides herself on making art with natural wonders and capturing intimate landscapes all around her that are not usually “associated” with black culture.

Beyond that, she dismantles stereotypes about black people in nature. While she was in a retail store to buy her very first pair of climbing shoes, a white man approached her. After discussing and recommending brands, he said “don’t take it the wrong way, but blacks don’t climb”.

Events like this have inspired her to make changes, and that’s exactly what she does every day through her interviews and on her Instagram feed.

Gina, we can’t wait to see what you continue to do. Your work is amazing and we want more, more MORE.

Check out her Instagram feed and follow the EPIC adventures of this trailblazing woman.

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Photo: @wildgina on Instagram
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Image: @wildgina on Instagram
gina dance
Photo: @wildgina on Instagram
gina dance
Image: @wildgina on Instagram
gina dance
Photo: @wildgina on Instagram
gina dance
Image: @wildgina on Instagram
gina dance
Photo: @wildgina on Instagram
gina dance
Image: @wildgina on Instagram

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