Since I was 4 years old, I have had a camera in my hand. Since then, there have been many cameras, teachers, assignments, projects & a full commercial career. I sustain my excitement & passion for photography with my personal work. I never intended to spend 30 years on my...
Since I was 4 years old, I have had a camera in my hand. Since then, there have been many cameras, teachers, assignments, projects & a full commercial career. I sustain my excitement & passion for photography with my personal work. I never intended to spend 30 years on my first book “Hometown,” but that’s how the story unfolded being a mother of three with a full commercial career.
One spring morning, as I walked back to bed with coffee I stopped in my tracks. My husband was sprawled out on the bed with his elaborate snore mask, his bare middle-aged belly, polka dotted underwear & black socks. I imagined how I might appear next to him, with my eye mask, tank top, and signature funky socks. I chuckled as I got back into bed & began to think about people in their private dwellings & what can be said about us in a single frame. What is on our side table? Who do we sleep with? Children? Pets? Guns? Or are we completely alone & lonely? Do we fall asleep to the TV or reading? Or do we allow nothing in the bedroom?
I started asking myself all questions imaginable. I thought about it every day until my book was published. As I began to tell people about the concept some began to offer themselves as subjects. I have always been captivated by interior light ever since I watched my mother paint by widow light. She shared her weighty art books with me & showed me her favorite painters; Vermeer, Hopper, Sargent & Wyeth. Eventually I went to art school & studied other noteworthy painters before focusing on photography.
My approach to this project is one of discovery. I call it an anthropological dig. Once I find my subject, I am given the details & the physical space of their life, then, it is up to me to compose & tell their story. This draws on all my experience as an artist. Within the existing walls, light & time frame I am given I must create & conversely etch my imprint as an artist with my personal perspective & viewpoint on the world.
The Chase Family
Diana and Caleb
Holly and Nathan