About Janelle Pietrzak

Janelle Pietrzak is a USA born photographer currently living in her car and road tripping across the United States. Educated at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Janelle received her BFA in Fine Arts, and BA in Film Studies. Later, she also earned an AA in Apparel Manufacturing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles. Like the boy in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novel, The Secret Garden, Janelle suffered debilitating chronic back pain and five years ago underwent a spinal fusion surgery. After several months of bed rest, and endless physical therapy, Janelle chose to pack up her apartment and follow her dreams of travel and photography. It is out of this resilience and passion that she has created the images for The Secret Garden. Her work has won several awards and been shown internationally, including Liminal Rites, a solo show featuring her collaborative images with performance artist Aloyse Blair, at the National Arts Club in New York City, and a solo show of The Secret Garden in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

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