Montreal based photographer, Stephany Hildebrand, has been honing her skills in documentary photography for the past several years. Originally photographing artwork and interior design, Stephany has blended her photography skills with her scientific knowledge as an environmental technician, bringing about a union of two passions. With an eye for aesthetics and a scientific understanding of river ecosystems, Stephany has built an extensive archive of images documenting scientific research and community stories on the St. Lawrence River.
Since 2020, Stephany has been working at the River Institute to lead the visual communications components of The Great River Rapport – an ecosystem health report on the Upper St. Lawrence River. Self-taught in graphic design, web design, and data visualization, Stephany leads a team of artists, a web-developer, and a graphic designer to bring science to life in a visually pleasing and comprehensive manner. To describe the ecological health indicators in the report, she initiated a 10-part photo-story series about community members whose experiences reflect different aspects of the river ecosystem. By combining her science and photography background, Stephany expresses her deep commitment to the St. Lawrence River and hopes to inspire others to care about the river as much as she does.