"For as long as I can remember I’ve been a storyteller. Whether it was daydreaming of space battles with bad guys in Mrs. Fernandez’s second-grade classroom, writing story outlines for the “great American novel” while working in call centers in my 20s and 30s, or, for the last 10 years, with my camera while exploring the neighborhoods and people of Columbus. Telling stories is at the heart of everything I do as a photographer. With my camera I have spent years capturing stories both in individual frames and through how those frames weave together over time into a larger story. The goal behind my photography, regardless of the project or subject matter, is to portray my subject honestly and expose that truth to the viewer. Whether landscapes, portraits, street photography, or my current project Small Steps Are Giant Leaps, the location is always a major character in the image and I try to represent it as honestly as I can. My goal is to share the subject’s story in a way that introduces something new to the viewer, no matter how familiar they may be with the subject or location featured in my images."
—Aaron Sheldon, photographer and storyteller