Hi Arielle. Congratulations on winning our theme ‘COLORS’. Do the judges’ comments resonate with you?
Thank you so much for this recognition! I am honored to have won. When I read the comments they definitely resonated with my journey to photography. I love seeing how my photos make people feel. From location, to subject, to props and clothing I work around the idea of creating art with composition and color in mind. But more importantly I’m looking into my experiences as the foundation for all of the photos. I think at a first glance they come off as very happy and fun which they are, but I feel the somewhat awkward, uncomfortable undertones are definitely pulled from the mundane, grey, and uneasy moments in my life. It’s a mixture of having those feelings in the past and now pushing to accept this light playfulness in my life. I’ve worked hard to get to know who I am and be able see myself in my work so I really appreciate your take on it!
Your use of photography as a medicine for depression is well-documented in your interviews, and I’m drawn to how you use the medium to perhaps escape the confines of reality – creating a more positive world. Is that a fair reflection?
Yes definitely. I think all of us are trying to find the thing that keep our minds present, relaxed, and at peace. I moved to a small town in South Carolina in 2008 from NYC and that transition definitely felt out of control for me. I didn’t feel connected to my surroundings and I didn’t have any way of leaving them. When I first started taking pictures I decided to turn to photography to create a world that I would like to live in…or just to make my reality look better than it was. I think my photography has definitely grown with me in the sense that I’m learning more and more why I need it in my life. There’s so much to explore and break down while creating photos so I’m just excited to see in what direction my work will go.