Susan Hillyard Photography | Artist Statement

For me, photography is a journey of self-discovery that will never end. Looking through the lens gives me a new perspective on how I see things. When I have my camera with me, I am more aware of my environment and the outside world. It is both an internal and external voyage.

My goal is to create photographs that convey a strong emotional statement. I use the emotions that I experience myself moving through this part of my life, as inspiration for my finished pieces.

I work with light, forms, and shapes to create images that are not quite what you’d expect. I want to go beyond the obvious and give the viewer a new perspective on the ordinary. I want to open their eyes. Whether it’s a horse, a bird or an architectural structure, I look at the play of light and how it shapes the image and where I can take it.

I have started using my iPhone extensively in my new work. I am continually amazed at what I can capture with it.