Photography is my passion. I enjoy the beauty that the world provides from the tiny baby to the infinite horizon. Each photograph is a love note from me to the world in celebration of this glorious life.
I give thanks to the wonderful people in my life that formed me as a Photographer and Artist. My grandmother, Ruth Elizabeth Jackson (RUJA) and my grandfather, Lorenzo Edward Hill, are the most influential people in my life. Both contributed to my curiosity about the art of Photography and art in general. Both of them were photographers during a time when the majority of minorities were taking jobs as janitors and maids. I grew up in a household where bathrooms became instant dark rooms, and earthen paints were made from the pigments of flowers, mud and grass. I spent many hours studying my grandmother’s brush work in oil and acrylics, as well as my grandmother’s pastel and charcoal techniques. I got a good sense of the depth of the many facets of my grandmother’s talent as an artist and photographer during those years I worked with my grandmother in her photography studio and at art shows. My grandfather always had cameras around the house and took a lot of family pictures. One of his cardinal rules was that no one could touch his camera. And now, that he’s gone his library of photography books are like gold to me. I once spent an entire summer reading and digesting the knowledge in those books. I also give a good deal of credit to my talented mother, LaSondra Lomax. My mother sewed, cooked, crafted and taught my sister and myself a lot about being creative. So it was no surprise when many years later I declared I wanted to follow in the family tradition and become a Photographer and Artist.
My art and photography have always been there for me. When I was younger, I was diagnosed with Asthma. We thought for a while I had “grown out of it”, a common misconception. Asthma can seemingly go into remission, when it is controlled either naturally or with prescription medications, but you never grow out of the disease. It is a lifelong and life threatening disease. My life has been spent in and out of hospitals. When I have episodes, I use my art and photography as a sort of therapy to help me stay focused on getting through my episodes and other life changing events. Before I could even graduate college, I started having Asthma episodes again intermittently. When I got married, I became extremely ill and I have been battling my Asthma off and on for almost 17 years. I have been hospitalized numerous times and even spent time in the hospital in a coma for about a week. I know the seriousness of the disease, as it has claimed the life of a close friend in 2010. With each of my hospitalizations, my family supplied me with art supplies and materials to draw. When I got back into my photography, my god daughter’s family, gave me a computer loaded with photo editing software, to help me edit my photos.
Currently, I am the official photographer for Mangog Doom Metal Band, Baltimore, Maryland. I am a RAW: natural born artist; showcased in May 2013 and October 2014. I am one of Baltimore’s original Fun-A-Day Artists; participated 2012, 2014 & 2015. My first book "Baltimore In Instagrams" was published in March 2013. In 2010 I had my first gallery showings at Gallery 788, from July through December. I am also an Artist Compound Alumnae. Artist Compound sponsored my first Solo show at Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant, Canton Maryland in 2013. My work has been featured on websites and in print over the years. I have current album cover credit for Mangog.
To find out more about Artondra Hall Photography, please visit www.artondrahallphotography.com or Artondra Hall Photography on Facebook.
Fun Fact: You can Google me by my first name only.