My name is Arista Moon Slater-Sandoval. I just go by Aris, see when I was younger I was so embarrassed by how strange my name is, but now I embrace it, I guess just like how I embrace the rest of my oddity’s now.
I was first giving a camera when I was twelve, and that was the beginning of my love affair to date. I was born and raised in small town Michigan, and photography was one of my outlets from pure devastating boredom that is the Midwest.
So when I was a junior in high school and I had heard of the Corcoran, all the way in Washington D.C. it was a dream to me. I had previously been to visit D.C. a few times before when I was younger. But getting there to go to school? who knew. My mom wanted me to stay close, but screw that, I booked it and got into the Corcoran, which is where I can be found today.
My camera is still with me today and I still avidly shoot and create work, for school but also for myself and love every second of it no matter how overwhelmed I may seem.
I prefer black and white, but also like to play in color film.
Sometimes a little bit of digital
And even some non film camera based processes.
I am ready and strong to see what the new school year will pull out of me this time.