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VNDL:  Describe your work/process:

AB:  My body of work is the product of spontaneity and instinct. I made these photographs with no intention for an end product. Other than the assembled team involved, nothing was planned or strategic. I made these photographs, simply for the moment, not for the result.

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What have you been up to recently? (trips, projects, work?)

Recently, I have been traveling to Los Angeles quite a bit. Though, I do have some projects in the making. I will be publishing a book as of next year, along with a photo project involving inmates on Death Row in Texas.

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Favorite Quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson

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Advice to other creative’s/aspiring artists:

My advice would be to stay consistent with your work. To always stay true to yourself, and to not try too hard to be what you assume your art should be or look like. Being unique is what makes art. There are no standards.

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What are you currently listening to/reading/ watching?

Lately, I have been watching many investigative documentaries regarding homicide, nature, human biology, astronomy and unique life experience. I’m always interested in learning a new perspective on things I don’t know. As for music, I stay pretty consistent. Mainly listening to Alternative/Indie Rock, along with hits from the 90’s and 2000’s. I enjoy mixing the old with the new when it comes to music. A little bit of Dr. Dog, and Big L.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years, I hope to have completed in my proposed projects. Along with broadening my horizons with music, directing and participating in horse show competitions. To continue adding to the documentation of my life via photographs and video. To achieve true happiness, along with still waking up next to the love of my life.

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Who is or where does your inspiration come from?

My inspiration mainly stems from places and locations. I see something, an abandoned store for example, and I think, “I have to shoot there.” if it takes breaking in I won’t hesitate. I’ll do whatever it takes to get a photograph.

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Any emerging artists to watch out for?

Yes! A good friend of mine Olivia Locher, she is a wonderful photographer and artist. Alex Fuhr, an illustrator and good friend, does very conceptual and romantic work. They are both definitely worth looking at!

 

 

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Aysha Banos is a photographer and model based in New York, NY

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