In collaboration with Slate's photo blog, Behold, we are extending the conversation with some of their featured photographers.
Charlotta María Hauksdóttir is interested in discovering - and documenting – some of the quieter moments that define what it means to be a family. Her series “Moments” is a nearly two-year project shot mostly in the San Francisco Bay area for which María Hauksdóttir spent a day shooting in various homes where friends and neighbors lived. Hauksdóttir would document the family for upwards of an hour over three sessions in the most popular room of the home. Using photoshop, she combines multiple images to create the final shot.
David Rosenberg (Slate) first saw her work while working as a juror for Critical Mass and interviewed Hauksdóttir about what inspired “Moments” as well as her thoughts about working as a fine art photographer. To read more about Hauksdóttir and “Moments” head to Slate’s photo blog Behold.
Do you see yourself as a fine art photographer? If so, why?
I do consider myself a fine artist. My photographs are an expression of my ideas and reflect my vision; they come from my core.
How have you gotten exposure for your work and connected to an audience and collectors?
I have applied to juried shows as well as approached museums with proposals and sent submissions to galleries. Last spring I participated in Fotofest, which was a great venue to be able to physically show the work and talk about it. I became more familiar with the art world and established connections as well as receiving invaluable feedback on my work.
If you were exactly where you wanted to be in your fine art career, what would that look like?
When I started out I had very specific ideas about where I would be and what I would be doing, but in the process I have realized the importance of being receptive to different things. There is only so much control one has in life and sometimes you have to let go and embrace change. It is the same as with the work, it is constantly evolving.