Ace Carondelet

Orpheus Saint

Eye Line

Sarah Szot

Artist Statement

I am a native of Upstate New York and have been a curious and creative mind from a young age. My first love of a medium was drawing and my last and truest love photography. It has always been incredible to me how one still image can house the power to speaker louder than the written word.  In 2004 I moved to Colorado to earn my Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography from the Art Institute of Colorado.  

History has always been my favorite subject so it is no surprise that the storytelling is the foundation of my work. These stories have been about places and the people that give it, its identity, and soul. I try to internalize each project on some level to gain a better understanding of the world I live in, as your best work is made when your voice, respect and understanding go into its execution.

The work that inspires me is that of Steve McCurry, Colin Finlay, Galin Rowell, James Nachtwey, Ansel Adams, Robert Frank, and Ellen Von Unwerth for many different reasons including their deliberate attention to detail, their choice to use black and white virus color, the testimony given to each their subjects aides me in my own creative process. As a curious mind, I am relentless in my quest to become a citizen of this world, so to speak.  With each project I grow my understanding of humanity and its coat of many colors.  

As of late my lens's gaze has fallen on the city of New Orleans.  It's been almost a year since I began this project, I visited for the first time last October and the city had me at hello.  This body of work will remain ongoing as this treasure of a city is evolving in a remarkable way. Myself, still having a lot to learn have found that it's going through a rebirth that takes it back to its tradition and roots yet moving in a more progressive direction in other respects, and of course there's the growing pains that come with such change.