I am a visual artist, college educator, and freelance photojournalist living in California. My research and practice revolve around identity politics, phenomenology, social justice, and experimental landscape aesthetics. This coming year, I’ll be working on a book project that investigates imaginary landscapes in the context of the Anthropocene. I am especially drawn toward utilizing analog film and handmade cameras to create imagined landscapes. Timeless aesthetics such as horizon lines, skyscapes, and mountains inspire me, and I often make images that question what it means to look into the distance. Using colorful dye to physically manipulate analog film, working with multiple exposures and/or light leaks, and building imperfect cameras out of discarded materials allows me to collaborate with light and space to create new kinds photographs. In graduate school I was building crude pinhole cameras out of mannequin heads as a metaphorical study of sight, and I enjoy the idea that the camera itself can be a conceptual player in the reception of an image.

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Photo by Kale Chesney

Photo by Kale Chesney