I am a very imaginative and art-obsessed sixteen-year-old who is majoring in theater at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. I was born in Seymour, Connecticut, and have lived there my whole life. From a young age, I always enjoyed art, which began with drawing. I find my horizons have expanded as I have grown.
My early photography efforts were simple images documenting my possessions, drawings, and places I had visited. I found a natural connection between my camera and writing. This epiphany impacted how I wanted to proceed and dedicate myself to photography and writing.
Understanding that images can be much more, I undertook experimenting with different subjects, colors, angles, and post-capture editing. These expressions helped me cope with lifelong feelings and allowed me to open up a process to deal with them in a positive way.
My work is a safe place for people to feel, without any questions asked, without judgment. I want to use art, especially photography, in the same way that music and text reach out to us and hold our hands in comfort. I hope to inspire the ability to lose fear.
Art can help us feel seen. Art can be the one thing in our lives that shimmers with billions of sparkles. In the dark whirlwind of life, art is a way to escape and break free from all the noise and chaos that can be overwhelming. People will come and go, but art will never leave. Art will always be there for you. Art is the most precious gift we are given in life.
—Jayden Rzasa, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 2024