Dakota Rogers was born in Syracuse, New York, in the spring of 1992. He attended Syracuse city schools and eventually graduated from Westhill High School. After graduating, Dakota attended Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, and studied business. Over the next few years, Dakota worked a number of construction and restaurant jobs before returning to Onondaga Community College to study art. During his time there, Dakota began to develop a deeper passion for art and began working in a number of mediums. After receiving an associate degree from OCC, he then transferred to SUNY Oswego to earn a BFA in photography and studio art. Dakota works with both film and digital photography, as well as mixed media such as acrylic paint and collage. After graduating from Oswego, Dakota plans to find a job in photography to gain some experience, and eventually start his own business working in commercial photography.
For me, art and photography have always been a way to express my feelings or thoughts on a topic in a way other than words. My work is generally inspired by my everyday environment, current events, social/political topics, and people I have encountered throughout my life. I work with a number of mediums in my pieces, including both traditional and digital photography. I use elements of collage to combine the two while using dark bold outlines around figures and objects and a highly saturated color scheme. I also like to incorporate text such as newspaper or singular words into a lot of my work. For example, my current series titled "Masks" embodies all of these qualities. The physical process of actually creating a piece is indeed an important step in my process due to the fact that much of my work is organic and not strategically planned out. My intention is to shed light and awareness on certain social/political topics, have my work inspire people, and promote positivity.