After a bit of a hiatus, we’re bringing back Void’s “Photo of the Month,” where we feature photos from local art students. This month, Masha Sardari from Ponte Vedra Beach has been selected to showcase her work titled, “Plastic Beach.” Discover how she created her work below, and submit your own for next month’s section!



Photo Title: Plastic Beach

Process: The panoramic photograph was stitched together using Photoshop and the lighting manipulated to create a more dramatic effect. The model’s twisted pose elicits the struggle of being caught by human hands. It is not until we place ourselves into the same situations that we create for other creatures that we begin to understand their struggles. This piece was intended to demonstrate our cruelty towards the inhabitants of our oceans from overfishing to polluting.

Camera:  Canon 5D Mark II

Location: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Artist’s Statement: Masha Sardari was born in April of 1994, in Rybnitsa, Moldova. She lived in Moldova until she moved to the U.S. at the age of 12. She now resides in Ponte Vedra Beach while attending high school. Masha discovered the photographic medium in January 2010, after receiving a point-and-shoot camera as a gift. She began her artistic journey with a 365-day project that challenged her to capture a photograph every day for a year. As the year progressed, she developed her own style involving a square format, deep colors and mysterious events. At first, her work involved mostly self-portraiture, but eventually she incorporated other models. This shift allowed for additional freedom, as Masha was able to manipulate composition and concept more effectively. Masha draws inspiration from a number of sources from childhood memories to Renaissance paintings. Her photography includes painterly effects and psychologically oriented lighting to create high drama and tension. Masha’s photography provides a window into the inner world of her mind.

Void’s photo of the month is furnished by local photography and art students from around Northeast Florida. To submit your work, email and include the following information with your artwork:

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