Featured Artist: Asad Badat



Asad Badat is an artist whose photographic approach includes documentation and digital collaging. He transforms everyday objects into pattern designs to bring attention to their formal qualities. His images celebrate the coexistence of his American, Muslim, and Pakistani identities.

Badat has exhibited in Texas and Illinois, at venues including Alabama Song; Aurora Picture Show; Blaffer Art Museum; Block 37; BLUEorange Gallery; Center for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Houston; and M.D. Anderson Library. He has also published work in The Aletheia Journal, The Public Eye Magazine, and Glass Mountain Magazine.

Badat was born in the 90s and raised in Houston, TX. He received his BFA in Photography - Digital Media at the University of Houston and Post-Baccalaureate in Fashion, Body, and Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


I’ve had the pleasure of going to school with Asad back in Texas. I came across his recent work about 2 months ago and was blown away by the imagery he was creating. It was contemporary and repetitive ( two of my favorites), yet representative of real life. The images are easy to delve into, and then they become thought provoking. That’s the best kind of photography!

To put a face with the name be sure to check out his website here & be sure to follow him on social media

Instagram: @asadbadat.art | www.instagram.com/asadbadat.art 

Tumblr: www.asadbadat.tumblr.com

Featured Artist: Jason Ward by Adam Grimm

Meet Creative Jason Ward


Jason Ward is a Los Angeles based street and documentary photographer whose work has been seen in Los Angeles Magazine, Eyeshot Magazine, and the Social Documentary Network.  “Chosen Ones” is his first portrait series from inspiration of his long-time obsession with stock portrait photographs of the 1960s.  His images capture detail and imagination in a way seldom created.  You laugh, you wonder, you cringe.  But you continually want to look again.  He is an up and coming artist worth keeping an eye on.

Feature by Adam Grimm


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Campbell Washington

Campbell Washington attends the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and is completing an MFA program in photography.  She has traveled extensively in North America and Europe, and has focused her craft on cityscapes and landscapes capturing the character of the respective locales.  Her favorite genre of photography is street photography, but she also captures portraiture on location. She finds herself influenced by the format. The look of her imagery is defined by the specific camera medium she is using at the time. Washington’s current work chronicles her travels to places that are consistent with childhood memories and cause her to reflect on her growth and future. Currently, she is using “road trips” as a metaphor and mediation in order for her to reflect on her past to enter her unknown future.

website: www.campbellwashington.com      instagram: @theblamcam


Artist Statement:

One of the most valuable human characteristics is memory.  If we did not have memory we would not be able to remember how to communicate, and amongst other things we would not be able to recall what has happened in the past- near-term or distant.  My memory is most easily triggered by sight, most notable through photographs. Looking at an old photograph of a moment of which one was apart, can immediately allow one to recall certain segments of this moment.

I am using the act of photographing road trips as a metaphor for my transition into a complete state of adultism. As I grow older, many things in my life are starting to change and these changes have caused me to reminisce about the past. Most things that I remember as a child have to do with travel and family. As one gets older, one develops her or his own independence and becomes a person who is self-sufficient and dependent on one’s self. In many ways, this transition makes lasting changes.  The past and memories associated with that past shape the transition into adulthood and a new person emerges.

Gabrielle Arduini

Gabrielle was born in Pensacola, Florida but does not call it home due to being in a military family. She began her photography career when she was twelve; today, Gabrielle is continuing to follow that dream. 

She has photographed in the US, Italy and Nassau, Bahamas. Upon graduating, Gabrielle went back to her Italian roots and studied in Rome, Italy and she now attends Savannah College of Art and Design-Atlanta. She is a current senior studying for a Bachelor of the Fine Arts in Photography.

website: www.gabriellearduini.com      instagram: @gabriellearduini

Land of Adoption

The starting point of this work began in Between Existing (2016-2017) which referenced
vast, colorful landscapes and a single figure wearing red in one of Italy’s bloodiest battlegrounds.
Reoccurring themes in these works are vast landscapes, memory, passage of time, and using
objects to reference self-portraiture. In Between Existing, the common thread throughout the
series was the red object and the current work now embodies this grey figure. It seems at first a
simple landscape, but when studied further, symmetry is apparent. Land of Adoption
encompasses my image in nature while dealing with two cultures: my own identity and the
identity of the landscape.

These are portraits of self without a specific or formulated pose. The work has been
inspired by the land artist, Richard Long. His work in 1967, A Line Made By Walking,
documents his path as he walked back and forth in the same spot which created an impact on the
land. Similarly, the subject is marking the space, adjusting the landscape for only a certain time,
and then nature continues on its course as is. As I discover these different landscapes, the end
result is not just a photograph, but the act of creating a pattern of identity in the space.