Artist/Photographer Sandra Ayala

January 16, 2016  •  1 Comment

​I picked up my first DSLR camera in December 2008 and proceeded to teach myself everything I know. Having reached a point in my life where I was searching for an outlet and a decompression tool...I was blessed  to have found it in Art. I didn't know then that picking up that camera would lead me to create so many of the visions trapped in my head. As a child my imagination was always active and as I got older, it never really changed. I am saddened only by the fact that I did not find my Art sooner and that is why it's important to me to create as much as I can. Having found Rhynna and Lizzy was the force that I needed to take things to another level, one that is fostered in support and positivity. I very rarely give insight into my work, mostly because it is difficult to expose the personal reasons of why I create. I prefer to hear the viewers interpretation of the piece. Having said that, I have been posting on social media this week and will tell you all a little something about each piece. I hope you enjoy my creative process. 

The first photo I will be sharing with you. Impending Loss was shot in December 2015. This work was inspired by the sculpture The Pieta by Michelangelo, the classical painting by William Bouguereau and an image by photographer Tom Chambers. This photo was in my head for a year. It belongs in a series about religious figures that I will be developing this year. I grew up as a Catholic and although I no longer go to Church, much of it has stayed with me. For those of you who are not familiar with my work, the young boy in my images is my son Nathaniel. A precocious and curious child that shares his mother's imagination. He often has input into what I create, especially if he is the model. I must say, that as he gets older, it is more difficult to put him into the scenarios I create. This is a self-portrait shot with the assistance of my wonderful friend Hillie. 

The Light Within Reach will Disperse the Darkness...A self-portrait shot a few years ago in our old apartment on Saint Mary's street in the South Bronx. At this point I was experimenting with different techniques and created this inspired by Frida Kahlo. I've always been intrigued by the concept of light/dark and not in the sense of words but the light/dark that resides within each of us. 

Just One More...inspired by Shel Silverstein's, The Giving Tree. My daughter loved this story and I remember reading this to her as a child. It is a story about unconditional love and I relate to it as a mother who would do anything for her child. It had been in my head for a long time waiting to come out. The photo was shot at Pelham Bay Park, where I shoot the majority of my outdoor photos. It is a beautiful world within these woods. I would ask anyone to take some time and explore what is in our own back yard. This photo was my second attempt at this concept but I believe this was the right time to bring it forth. 

Regeneration of a Golden Boy...was a concept created by Nathaniel, my son. He is a huge fan of the music group Imagine Dragons and came to me one day wanting to create something together. We brainstormed the idea and came up with this image. I must say that I have taken numerous photos of my son but this one is my favorite. He is my Golden boy, the one that shines so bright that it blinds me with adoration for him. 

Forgiveness Brings us Home...was an idea I had at a time when I was feeling detached from life. There are times when life isn't as simple as we would like. In this photo Nathaniel is sitting outside the bathroom while his inner self is being cleansed. It is about the concept of forgiving yourself for decisions made that have impacted your life in not so positive ways.  I love that this image holds my grandmother's photo on the small table behind Nathaniel. 

The final two photos are a part of a series Inspired by singer Hozier's, Take Me to Church. These photos are very personal and for me they deal with the attempts at reconciliation with the Catholic religion. The characters in Tell Me Your Worst are inspired by the Hozier's lyrics, "I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife." 

Tell me your Worst

Fine Line Between Sinners & Saints

I hope that my work evokes an emotional response for my audience.

Thank you for reading :)



Dominique M.(non-registered)
I love you work! There is a bit of a frightening reality to a lot of it, that many people avoid dealing with. I look at many of your photos and they bring tears to my eyes because they touch my heart. Thank you for sharing with us!
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