I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and immediately migrated to the United States. I moved five more times before becoming a citizen. The ideas of home and beauty are very dear to me. Constant moving has fueled a wild imagination filled with ethereal creatures and mystical places. Art has become a medium to express these fantasies.
My need to express myself took form through whatever mediums I could get my hands on. These endeavors came to life with crochet, henna, paint, pencils, and of course photography.
Photography is a realistic and revealing medium, which was a challenge at first. As I grow older, I strive to connect the beauty in my mind to my eyes and ultimately to a camera’s lens. The inspiration of the morning sun or a flower reaching toward it becomes the showcase. The camera has become my ideal tool to record the mystical wonders of reality.
I hope to produce optimistic images that reflect my creative worldview and ideally connect to others on a communal level. I believe in the beauty we all experience on Earth.
—Zoe Stowe, Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, 2024