About the Next Speaker


Green_Energies.jpgName: Jason Schneider (SONI)

Home: Marquette, Michigan

Politics: Fiercely Independent

Interests: Rock Climbing, Surfing, Culture, Local Politics, Economic Development, Cooperatives.SONI comes from Saesoni. It was my name while living in Tonga for the two years of volunteering with the Peace Corps. Tongans could not pronounce my name so it was the closest they could get.

Photography has been a part of my life for 20 years. I came into it as a student at NMU and focused on it both academically and professionally. For a number of years afterwards it took a back seat to other interests but my time in Tonga brought it back as a centerpiece of my life. I’m thankful to be able to capture intimate moments of people’s lives that tell a story and pull the viewer into the image. In thanks to my friends and life in Tonga, I’m proud to offer SONI Photography to my community at home.