I’m from a suburb outside of Philadelphia. It’s a very affluent, self-contained area and the atmosphere of the place rarely incites its general population to meaningfully question their own perspectives or responsibilities. For this reason it is idyllic for some people but in reality it is very dystopian. I currently live in Philadelphia. I’m 21 years old. I became interested in photography when I was 18. I used (and still use) the Canon Rebel that my mom had used to take family pictures when I was growing up. I had always liked looking at pictures, but later in High School I dated a boy who was very passionate about music, and at the time I felt as though I needed to throw myself into something the same way. That’s initially why I started taking my own pictures. I don’t have a specific goal or message in mind that I’m trying to achieve or convey. I’m most interested in things like playfulness in colors and patterns, some humor and perversity. For the most part photography now dictates where I live and how I think about and see things. Many of the issues we talk about within the practice of photography reflect what’s happening on a wider scale… our consciousness, what we call ethics, political correctness, things like that. So working with photography and the discourse around it makes you think very critically about these things and how we should deal with or confront them. I don’t think I’d be in Philadelphia if it weren’t for photography. This is a picture of an old friend of mine. She struggled with dermatillomania, which had become extremely crippling for her. She’s doing much better now. I love the work of Steven Zak. I like that it’s all over the place and there’s a lot to see. I think you could say a lot about it without ever using a cliche or silly metaphor or trying to solve some imaginary riddle… but it’s also a lot more exciting and powerful than a lot of the banal snapshot-style stuff that is really popular right now. I have a friend who always says that you don’t need to try so hard to interpret poetry, because it’s all on the page and you just have to read what’s there. So to me, Steven’s work is the same way.
the a’s from a little q+a I did with L’oeil Ailleurs
Thanks for the shoutout Madison! You da bomb.
Dad in the morning // Backyard
Used Tampon // Dad in the hospital // Used Diaper
Julia kissed me // Plastic coffee table
Sean // Nathan
Richard // Ada