Courtesy of the Artist

Suzanne Merritt

ASB Interdisciplinary Artist since 1998

Artist Statement

I am a master level photography instructor and founder of The Curious Soul Photo School. I also work in mixed media and assemblage using found objects. I earned a master’s degree in Aesthetic Education from Kutztown University. I worked at Polaroid Corporation for 15 years, where I became interested in the creative process of world class photographers such as Ansel Adams.

At the same time I began to practice mediation and to lead creativity workshops in organizations to bring out the full creative potential of employees. For the past 10 years I have focused on developing my own photography practice called Flow-tography, which combines meditation, beauty and photography.

My interest is in teaching beginner and intermediate adult photographers how to slow down, be present and create images of beauty within the flow state. This is where time stands still and you feel an intense connection between your inner and outer experience of beauty. It is possible to create photography from within this state, and it feels similar to when an athlete is performing in the zone.

I have been practicing this method for the past 15 years and am now sharing this technique with others through my book, Flow-tography, and workshops. My photographs are also available for purchase and can be viewed in my studio by appointment and on my website.

I have discovered 8 universals of beauty or archetypes such as vitality, simplicity and unity. I teach them using photography and then help participants discover the surprising link between their sense of beauty and purpose. I invite you to contact me and learn more about this work.