Ahndraya Parlato: I was born in Hawaii, but left when I was a small child. I like to think that the landscape, colors, and wildness influenced me because these are some of my favorite things in life! I started making photographs in Upstate NY when I was an undergrad at Bard College, and quickly fell in love with the landscape there. I love how it’s both bleak and hopeful at the same time.
I am incredibly influenced by my environment. I am a creature of habit, so the image ideas I come up with are often sparked by something I have seen a million times; a thicket I pass in the car everyday, a common mannerism of someone I’m close to.