My father was a fashion and theater photographer (Jorge Damonte), and my mother was a contemporary dancer (Marcia Moretto).

I grew up between a darkroom and a stage in Paris, France. I was lucky enough to hang out in theaters during rehearsals and assist my father in the dark room and hear him explain his process.

Art was always surrounding me and is very much part of my upbringing but it took me a while to dabble in it. I traveled a bit, lived in New Jersey, and then finally settled in Los Angeles. After seeing Iphone collages I started playing with apps and experimenting. Somehow one day I saw a video about underwater photography and I knew I had to try it. I have never looked back.

My love is underwater photography and I find an ever lasting pool of ideas when I shoot in that environment. The process of shooting without oxygen allows me to tune out the world and focus on the moment. It is almost a state of meditation and I cherish my shoots.

The second step is Photoshop where the image gets shaped and a story unfolds. My work has been described as surreal, ethereal and painterly.

I speak 4 languages (French, Spanish, Italian and English) and hope to learn Japanese and visit Japan someday. 

Vogue Italy site

For Prints:

https://www.saatchiart.com/lolamitchell ( I am currently on vacation until August 9th so sales are not available).

or

Contact me for any print request at sasseefrench@gmail.com

EXHIBITIONS:

·     Upcoming: The Other Art Fair in Santa Monica CA, from Sept 5-8, 2019 (more info coming up)

·     Beverly Hills Art Show May 2019.

·     Photo Independent 2018 from Nov 8-11 at the Carrousel du Louvres, Paris.

·     Photo Independent 2018 from Oct 5-7 at the Reef DTLA

·     Cross Currents exhibit with Saatchi Art July 2016-present Santa Monica

·     Studio Five08 gallery in Santa Monica CA 2015

·     11:11 gallery in Tarzana CA July 2014- August 2014

·     Serendipity group show with Create Fixate

·     group show with Cannibal Flowers

·     Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival

·     Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

·     Mobile Photo expo

·     IPA quarterly

 

2019: First prize for photography at the Beverly Hills Art Show

2018: International Photo Awards Professional digitally enhanced honorable mention.

2016: International Photo Awards-Non professional digitally enhanced. Third Place for this series and honorable mention for that one.

2016: Moscow International Foto awards (MIFA) Honorable mention digitally enhanced category.

2016: PX3 2016 Honorable Mentions for Reflections series and beneath the surface

2015: PX3 2015 Honorable Mentions for Self portraits and Dreams series

2015: Discovery of the year ND Awards 2015 for beneath the surface series. 

2015: 3rd Place winner in Amateur Fine art special effect category at Moscow Photo Awards

2015: ShortlistLICC (London International Creative Competition) for Les poupees series

2015: featured in Fubiz.net website on Oct 6. Article here

2015: Featured in My Modern met website on Oct 5. Article here

2015: IPA Honorable mention in the non professional fine art and non professional digitally enhanced for Beneath the surface series

2015: The exposure award dream collection book

2014: AX3 (American Aperture Awards) Honorable mention in non professional conceptual/experiment category

2014: Shortlist LICC (London international creative competition)

2014: IPA Honorable mention in the non professional digitally enhanced category 

2014: MIFA honorable mention in the non professional special effects category

Book: ‘The Art of Iphone Photography’ available on Amazon