BEHIND the lens

Because I come from a people who don't have the benefit of accurate history, I have a passion for capturing and projecting positive images of Life into the universe.  I am driven by the need to eliminate generational disconnect and the feeling of unsatisfying curiosity when trying to imagine an ancestor's face and features. I want nothing more than to heal the self-image of a child (in the present or future) who needs to see the strength in their GREAT-great-great-great-great-grandmother's eyes.  I want them to know that "it" is in them, as it was in her.


 'Sugarcane Stills' was thoughtfully chosen as a way to revere my ancestors who worked the sugarcane fields of southern Louisiana. I express my creativity because they didn't have that opportunity. Their spirits live through me. While I enjoy capturing all of life's special moments, I am most fond of those intimate moments we want to remember forever.


I am Rachel Mayo-a wife, mother, and artist.

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