“I was born in Canada in the 80s and began modeling at 15. I took photographs before I started modeling, so for me, modeling was really a way of finding people to photograph and a way of learning how to take better pictures.
Most of the time I shoot on an old Polaroid SX-70 camera, shooting SX-70 film, 600 film, or Impossible film. I work with filtration. Since polaroids have become so expensive, I have been experimenting in mixed media—mixing analog and digital together.
My biggest inspirations are European films from the 60s and 70s. That’s what I try to emulate in my work. I want to recreate the warm light of those past times. My models are also actresses, and I like them to have a character or be a caricature of a character, something they can play with. When someone tells me that my photographs look like found pictures from the 1960s, I know they understand my work.
For the past two years I have been working on a project that involves re-photographing old films. Taking fragments of frames and then putting them through a process, re-contextualizing the image. This began as a point of reference and has now become my way of entering a time warp and going back and photographing the past. I call it, Catalog of Past Dreams. I am working on a book of my documentation and hope to have an accompanying show.
This summer I am working on a life-size bed of nails, and will photograph a girl on it. My first attempt at incorporating sculpture into my work, it is playing on opposites. Snow white on nails.”
Photos: Marianna Rothen
Models: Hollie Witchey as Greta and Actress, Kate Lillecrapp as Faye
Photos courtesy of MO David North
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