l My name is Ashaka Mathews, and I was born and raised in Long Beach California. Growing up my
brothers and I were all homeschooled, living a pretty sheltered existence.
collage, that I begin to explore a broader narrative in my life.
From a very young age, I was interested in photography and inspired by the movies, the characters and
storytelling. I began to see that I could blend the two in an artistic way. I truly enjoy working with
people and creating stories that connect on an emotional level. And I believe it’s important to tell stories
that show a diverse perception of the world. The environment, the lighting, all become characters in the
story I’m trying to tell. I want to capture a performance, a live connection between the image and the