Rhonda Lashley Lopez

I've never been a great talker, so it makes sense that I learned to express myself through writing and the photos I make. At first I used photography to show things and tell stories, but now I'm trying to express what's inside ... like going from journalism to poetry. All these thoughts and feelings — the angst and joy and questions and yearning — want to be released. It's like sending a ping out into the universe to see if anything out there hears and understands.  This image is “Romance” from  Liable to Disappear , printed with archival pigment on gampi with gold leaf.

I've never been a great talker, so it makes sense that I learned to express myself through writing and the photos I make. At first I used photography to show things and tell stories, but now I'm trying to express what's inside ... like going from journalism to poetry. All these thoughts and feelings — the angst and joy and questions and yearning — want to be released. It's like sending a ping out into the universe to see if anything out there hears and understands.

This image is “Romance” from Liable to Disappear, printed with archival pigment on gampi with gold leaf.