AJ Schnettler is a nonbinary, multi-racial photographer/printmaker born and raised on the south shore of Long Island. They decided to get a new perspective on life and education by moving to the West Coast for their BFA. They received their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography with a minor in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2019. Their photo work is based around what one does to provide self comfort and acceptance, whether it is through identity, surrounding space, or community. Their printmaking work discusses the topics of mental health, with an emphasis on depression and anxiety.