Rhonda Lashley Lopez

I feel so much, and the world sometimes breaks my heart, but just as often carries me on the jet stream. Maybe that's why I make photographs. I like to think of our hearts as balloons: the more full they become, the thinner their walls, and if we let in enough of the world, the balloons stretch so thin, the walls disappear and we merge with all that's outside ourselves. I hope my photographs will take you outside for a moment, that you will feel the connection to nature or humanity.

One of my mentors, Keith Carter, said my work feels spiritual, and I guess that's one of the nicest things anyone has said to me. If that's how my work strikes someone, I will believe I'm doing something right.