Ariel Kessler is a collector of everything.
Her collages encompass light hearted, colorful imagery in a whimsical world. Inspired by Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein and other children's authors and illustrators.
While in contrast, her photography lets viewers into her private self. Quiet, haunting and evocative. Inspired by 20th century female photographers.
At a young age Ariel developed a fondness for painting, printmaking and photography. Building her first darkroom at twelve years old while using her late father’s Nikon F, she took photographs wherever she went. At eighteen, she moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts. There she became enraptured with small camera, street-like photography. After two years of focusing on this style, she moved back to her hometown of Boston to attend the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where she was mentored by some of the masters of the view camera and was given the opportunity to work with the Polaroid 20×24 camera. She graduated with her BFA in 2010. She has studied advanced alternative photographic processes in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Savannah, Georgia.
In 2011, Ariel started Defend The Darkroom. What began as just screen printing some shirts and selling bumper stickers grew into a Facebook page with a large following of analogue photographers. A community was created which involved sharing articles, art, and techniques with fellow analogue photographers.
Ariel has a regular column in the magazine Photopreneur. A printed and digital magazine which helps photographers begin and grow their own businesses. Ariel's column is called "Analogue Culture" and focuses primarily on analogue and alternative photographers. www.photopreneurmag.com
Ariel Kessler has exhibited her work all over the United States, and internationally in Mexico and Japan.
Her work can be found in public, and private collections throughout the world.
Ariel lives in Watertown, MA with her dog and muse Georgia.
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