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Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Saaty.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve been playing with cameras since I was a little girl. I used to steal my mom’s camera and use entire rolls of film to photograph my Barbies and stuffed animals. My mom wasn’t thrilled then, but looking back on it now, it explains where my life-long obsession began. I’ve owned cameras since I was a child, mostly automatic film and instant models, but it wasn’t until high school that I really started exploring the endless photographic possibilities. Since then, my camera hasn’t left my side. My passion for the field expanded while studying at Northern Arizona University, where I obtained a Bachelor’s in Photography and Design, accompanied by a Master’s in Career and Technical Education.
Please tell us about your art.
When I began, I loved shooting landscapes. I have always been fascinated with the diversity of Arizona. I now focus on combining the grandeur of these landscapes with the intimate relationships of my clients. During my years of practice, I have had the opportunity to work with clients from all over the globe. My favorite thing about photography is that it encourages me to look beyond what others define as ‘beautiful’, and has taught me to see beauty in everything. It’s my life that is truly beautiful; my camera allows me to share it with the world.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I am passionate about the visual arts because I feel the creative process centers me. The act of looking through the viewfinder allows me to be totally connected with what I see. The experience of really noticing the world around me is the greatest inspiration of all. When I began, I loved shooting landscapes. I have always been fascinated with the diversity of Arizona. I now focus on combining the grandeur of these landscapes with the intimate relationships of my clients. Every day I feel incredibly blessed to have the job I dreamed of – one where I am able to travel, meet new people, and collaborate on creative projects.