As I continue to grow, I realize how much more complex my life has become as I am being pushed into the real world to fend for myself. For a long time, I was a miserable kid, I struggled with extreme anxieties. The only happy memories I had to look back on were memories from when I was a child and the photos that captured these instances. I look back now and see a large gap in the photographic documentation of my life. I refused to have my photo taken, and I remained inactive in my own life. Recently, I have come to the realization that my life will be moving on soon and things are going to be changing drastically around me. Through feeling nostalgic for something that is quickly coming to an end, I have decided I want to capture the last of my salad days: time of youthful inexperience or indiscretion. This body of work explores youth culture, my struggle with memory, and my nostalgia for my childhood. It embodies my exploration of the time I have left before I am thrown into adulthood. My goal with this body of work is to capture my salad days.
Nichole Mastroviti was born and raised in Budd Lake, New Jersey in 1995. She is a photographer who draws influence from photographers such as William Eggleston, Ryan McGinley, and Sandy Kim. Nichole works primarily in 35mm color film exploring themes of documenting youth culture. She will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maine College of Art in the Spring of 2018. She has worked in a commercial studio setting, as well as working as an editor and printing technician for Jocelyn Lee. In the coming year, Nichole will work toward a photography career as well as continuing to make work.