SHE IS BORN IN THE SOUTH OF FLORIDA IN 1991 AND DEDICATES HER YOUTH TO PHOTOGRAPHY. REDMILK MEETS THE PHOTOGRAPHER WITH AN UNUSUAL AND PROVOCATIVE STYLE.
What is the concept of your photographic vision?
Right now my interest in picture-making lies in photography’s ability to present fact and fiction in the same space. The work I’ve been making over the past two years (mostly not seen by others) is uniquely tied to romance, sex, and relationships. These photographs serve a power shift between me (a woman photographer) and them, men who’ve entered my life at various points. These pictures are also a projection of men, of intimacy, of female desire. I’m interested in these things because I have anxiety about relationships because I’ve never been in one.
Which is the photograph you bring in your heart?
I love that self portrait of Diane Arbus where she’s standing behind the large format camera on the tripod and she is naked.
What are your everyday steps in your photographic works?
Currently I’m looking to photograph more men that I don’t know.
When did you realize that photography would became the creative source of your life?
I think I realized that photography would become the creative source of my life when I was a freshmen in college. Something about being surrounded by a group of people who were equally passionate (or what seemed to be equally passionate at the time) really solidified my interests in picture making.
How the terms “real” and “everyday” are important in your creations?
The term “real” is important to my work because it’s a basic element of photography. The thought that what you are seeing is “real” in a photograph, simply because it’s a picture. I think photography is special because you are address with something that appears to be truthful but holds secrets. It’s ability to balance truth and fiction is a basic function of the medium but is really important to my practice lately. I’ve been making images that speak to romance and intimacy, pictures of men I have not been intimate with, but desire to be. So the idea of what’s “real” in the picture plays a big role.
What is for you the stretch that distinguishes your photography from the others?
I’m not sure! You tell me.
We can see some “feminism” in your photographs. Tell us something about the bonds you want to create.
Well first off I am a feminist, so naturally it appears in my work. I’m not sure what type of bonds I want to create. Maybe by being a woman and being a photography I will inherently inspire other women to pursue making photographs.
What was your source of inspiration for your series with your mother?
When I was growing up, as a teenager I had a bad relationship with my mom. As with most young women I think there is an unspoken competition that lives between mothers and daughters, this is because of societal pressures to compete with women rather than live harmoniously. When I started going to school for photography I had teachers encourage me to pursue aspects of my life that were challenging and try to unpack them through photography. I started visiting home in Florida and photographing my mom, it brought us together in ways that just hanging out couldn’t. I would go to Florida, make pictures, come back to New York and analyze them. It helped me to realize who my mother was, and how I related to her as a woman.
The location influences your photographic rendering?
Yes! Location is really important (ahaha). Two years ago I moved to California from New York to escape all the rush of the city and live a more relaxed life where I was closer to nature and never had to encounter snow again. The light in California is so specific it’s hard not to take pictures.
What are your major sources of inspiration?
Lately I have been collecting old erotic photographs from thrift stores and archives.
Which are your favorite photographers ?
I’ve always been inspired by Diane Arbus, she was one of the first photographers introduced to me at a younger age. Today I think a lot about Catherine Opie and Rineke Dijkstra.
Ho important is the concept of “person” in your work.
I’m very much a “portrait photographer”.
Photos Courtesy of the artist