. . . thru the lenz of my soul, i see, i see . . .
SWEETPEA’S LENZ BY DARSELLB. (Writer/Director/Producer- Photographer) began working in the entertainment industry at a young age. Her life in photography started as a journalist with the publication of her newsletter SweetPea’s International Arts Review. She was honored to receive the 2019 Torchbearer's Award from Friends of Vivian Robinson and the 2003 Harlem Arts Alliance Re-Grant Award. She also provided coverage for The Harlem Times newspaper. Working in Theatre for over 30 years has afforded her the opportunity to capture images from live performances.
Journalistically she has photographed awards ceremonies, openings, festivals, and events including, but not limited to, The National Black Theatre Festival, The CMJ Music Festival, The Harlem Arts Alliance, The August Wilson Century in New York City & The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Urbanworld, The ABFF, The Atlanta Black Arts Festival, The Essence Awards, The Billboard Awards, Midem, The Lifetime TV Awards, The Source Awards, The GRAMMY Awards, and had her own stage at the 1996 Olympic Games.
Always ready with her camera, she primarily finds relaxation when taking pictures of nature and still life. A majority of her photography is unedited (straight out of the can), however, there are times when artistic renderings are created. In addition to prints, selected artwork is currently being produced as acrylic and glasswork.
Recently deciding to share her work with a wider audience, SweetPea’s Lenz by DarsellB. has received the ViewBug Summer 2020 Award; been on exhibit in the 6th Annual AUTUMNAL Exhibit 2020 presented by ArtHouseNYC, New York, NY; the 2nd International Lines, Shapes & Objects Exhibit 2020 presented by Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA; the 5th Annual AUTUMNAL Exhibit 2019 presented by ArtHouseNYC, New York, NY; listed in the 2019 artGuidemag Volume 2 print and online editions published by artGuidemag; the Artist Showcase Spring 2019 presented by ArtsyShark at ArtsyShark.com, Cape Haze, FL, the 1st Holidays & Traditions International Art Exhibition 2018 presented by Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA, 4th Place Award “The Sugar Plum Fairy”; the Surfaces 2018 Group Exhibit & its Magazine presented by LoosenArt at Millepiani Gallery, Rome, Italy; OVATION 2018 NYC presented at the Highline Ballroom by RAW Artists New York, NY; the 2018 Botanical & Floral Online Exhibition presented by Light, Space & Time Gallery, Jupiter, FL, Special Recognition “Orchid Moon”; the 2nd International Photography Exhibition 2018 presented by Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA; the All Women Online Exhibit 2018 presented by J.Mane Gallery, Voorhees Township, NJ; the 2nd Annual SPRUNG Exhibit 2018 presented by ArtHouseNYC, New York, NY; the East Greenbush Library Exhibit December 2017 presented by Capital Region Photography Group, Albany, NY; the 3rd Annual AUTUMNAL Exhibit 2017 presented by ArtHouse NYC, New York, NY; and the 2016 Postcard Exhibit presented by Linden New Arts, St. Kilda, Australia.
Her fine art photography is also currently used as backdrops for The Carmen Mathis Show, produced by Casea Arts Inc.; and is seen as the official CD cover image for “Please Save Your Love For Me”, CD by Ebony Jo-Ann produced by Blackgold, Inc., as well as other ancillary uses.
As a 4-year cancer survivor, Darsell seeks to continue her mission to “capture that moment” and aid artists with their endeavors. “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalms 34:1.