Travel has been a big part of my life since I was a kid, having left middle school in 7th grade to backpack around South America with my mom and brother for 9 months. I caught the bug early and not a day goes by that I am not satisfied being on the open road in one way or another. Having the opportunity to visit communities outside of my daily life is essential for my drive of shooting documentary photographs, and for stimulating my own sense of freedom and independence. I recently got the chance to visit Japan, in the spring of 2015, a destination I never thought I might get the chance to admire firsthand. The contrast of the Japanese culture greatly intrigues me, and made for a very different style of photography that I am used to shooting. Enjoy!
Andrea Sonnenberg is a 27 year old photographer, born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She grew up influenced by the tight-knit subcultures of skateboarding and graffiti, and has been shooting photos in one way or another since she was 13 years old. In 2011, when she was 21 years old, she was featured as the youngest artist to contribute to a show featured at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, in a record setting show titled “Art in the Streets”. She now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.