photo by NH Art Laureate Gary Samson, 2018
Savanna Pettengill is a photographic artist and educator originally from Portland, Maine, a 2014 BFA graduate from the photography program at the Maine College of Art, and a 2021 M.S.Ed Graduate from CUNY: Brooklyn College. Working in all mediums of photographic arts and teaching visual storytelling, Pettengill is most inspired by the natural world and the notion of what makes community. Her portfolio reflects a collective gathering of her spontaneous and subconscious reactions to her surroundings, woven together into visual narratives about the beauty and traumas of life, here on Earth.
“Her photography is like captive sparks of celebration. There is an energy about her work that feels like a mystery, one that we are all somehow connected to. You can feel there is a secret you’re running with her to find or to hide it. Light in corners, shadows on the beach, out of doors in all seasons. She manages to capture the essence of life and liveliness with excitement, sadness and the constant ebb and flow of their simultaneous beauty.”
-Kristin Kellas, The Oak + The Ax, Zine #2