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Born and raised in New York City, with pit stops in South Carolina and New Orleans, photographer Arielle Bobb-Willis has been using the camera for nearly a decade as a tool of empowerment.
Bobb-Willis found solace behind the lens and has developed a visual language that speaks to the complexities of life: the beautiful, the strange, belonging, isolation, and connection. Inspired by masters like Jacob Lawrence and Benny Andrews, Bobb-Willis applies a ‘painterly’ touch to her photography by documenting people in disjointed positions as way to highlight these complexities. Toting the line between fashion and contemporary art, her use of bright vivid colors speaks to a desire to find joy. Her photographs are all captured in urban and rural cities, from the South to North, East to West. Bobb-Willis travels throughout the US as a way of finding ‘home’ in any grassy knoll, or city sidewalk, reminding us to stay connected and grounded during life’s transitional moments.
Arielle is currently based in New York City.
EDITORIAL L’Uomo Vogue Italia, The New Yorker, W Magazine, Hunger Magazine, i-D Spain, Rookie Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Huck Magazine