November 5, 2021
IN CONVERSATION WITH VANESSA CASS
Photography by Vanessa Cass
Interview by Karen Ghostlaw Pomarico
Vanessa Cass is an abstract street photographer born in Maryland, living and raising her family while creating her art in Haiti. Her collegiate studies as well as her extensive training with renowned Haitian artists, which include Roland Dorcely, Tiga, and Arijac, have influenced and inspired Vanessa’s unique visions in photography. Her 25 years of painting and art background give Vanessa’s photography a painterly aspect, switching out the paintbrush for her camera. What began for Vanessa as a passion and a self taught medium for expression, inspired her to take many workshops and courses with renowned street photographers, giving her the knowledge to develop her street photography and art. Utilizing the camera as a tool she explores the human condition, ironies, and contradictions found in everyday life in Haiti. Photography has given her a voice in documenting social issues, bringing awareness and light to a challenged community. Vanessa does not dwell on the negatives or darkness, but sees balance and light and hope, a catalyst for her distinctive style of work, forever growing and evolving, challenging herself with new endeavors to expand and broaden her work. She is currently studying curation, abstract post modern art and photography, adding multifaceted layers of knowledge to her abstractions. Vanessa’s energy and spirit, as well as her art and photography tell a brilliant and unique story of Haiti.
"One thing that burns a hole right through me, and that I carry with me, besides seeing what an incredibly resilient, strong and magical place this is, is that I know for sure that no matter how different we all are, no matter how wide the gaps are between us, we are all basically the same. Humans trying to get through life as best we can."