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Annasaskhea on her creative process as a portrait and editorial photographer

Reverie is a debut photo exhibition by photographer Annasaskhea Azor, AKA, taking place in the Groundwork gallery on the evening of Thursday September 8th, 2022. Annasaskhea’s photography is vibrant and diverse, highlighting a variety of people, places, and styles. She clearly takes her art seriously and anyone who has the honor of seeing her photos can tell that there is love behind every one. I had the opportunity to ask Annasaskhea a bit about her photography, what inspires her and how she got to the point she is now in her craft. Read on to find out what she had to say.

Annasaskhea Azor

What materials do you use?

I use my trusty Canon 6d mostly but dabble in film as well. My film camera of choice right now is the Canon Sure Shot.

Where is your favorite location?

My favorite location is my photography studio based in New Bedford, MA. It is an eclectic space that allows me to create fully. I have been in the studio space for 2 years now and I have two studio-mates. Together we have creatively added to the space to allow it to be what it is today: A safe haven for creativity. Through the bold and bright colors each of our photography styles are displayed.

Who or what inspires you?

My inspiration stems from all sorts of things! I may see a piece of clothing while thrifting that I love and base an entire concept around it. Or I may find a hidden location and draft an idea based off of it. Colors also speak to me heavily, I love using bold colors to evoke vehemence.

When first starting out in photography I used to rely heavily on finding images I wanted to recreate. I would ensure that my lighting set up, location and camera angles matched perfectly. Although as I started to work on my craft and step into my own stylistic preference I have found that my surroundings have become my main source of inspiration.

What do you love most about your art?

I am most fulfilled by all of the local creatives I have been able to meet through my work. Whether it is collaborating with local stylists, florists or other photographers I love the interactions and creative discourse that has arisen from photography.

What are you most proud of that you have created and why?

The image I am most proud of is titled “Portrait of Nyanayul.” It was taken at my photography studio with the assistance of a team of creatives. Through working with a stylist, hair/makeup artist, and an assistant the vision for the shoot was brought to life. I was able to focus on lighting and various shooting techniques as the other components of the shoot were taken care of.

“Portrait of Nyanayul”