I’m Paulina Otylia Niechcial. I’m a visual storyteller, outpost nurse and doula.
I like to travel. Victoria, British Columbia was home for a long time but these days I spend my time between Gitxaała, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and Vernon, BC. My husband’s academic path brought us to Providence, Rhode Island and Pasadena, California but come Spring 2017, we will be permanently relocating to Vernon, BC where we can build the community we’ve been dreaming of for years! It’s been a great adventure but my heart is in BC.
This is Gitxaała. It feels more like home than anywhere else. It’s a small First Nations village on the north coast of BC. It’s beautiful. The people are beautiful. I’ve learned so much from them. This is where I get to work as a nurse.
I am moved by the beauty of life. Photography is a language with the power to capture the playfulness of childhood, the strength of community, and quiet of nature. My images tell a story, affirming where I find inspiration and authenticity. Through my work, I hope to build community, connect children and families to nature and to one another. I want to document the little things that remind us of all we have to be grateful for.
Here are some things that make me happy: