In advance of launching our 4th round CSA (shares go on sale Monday, September 19), we are publishing short interviews with the six featured photographers to get to know them and their work a bit better. Next up is Nathan Pearce.
You are all about the Midwest. Tell us about that.
I was born and raised in the Midwest. I lived away for several years and came back to find a Midwest that was suddenly incredibly visually fascinating to me. I was seeing it in a way I never did when I was young. I have since photographed it extensively.
Making zines of your work (and in collaboration with other photographers) is an important part of your creative process. How does making a zine help you edit and evaluate your images?
Zines are a way to experiment and work out ideas for different projects. Printing the work helps me better understand it. Sometimes I make several edits of a project in different zines before discovering something I really love about the work. Collaborating with other photographers on zines (something I frequently do with Rachael Banks) is all about experimentation too. Working with someone else forces me to think about work in ways I never would myself, and the resulting zines are always interesting.
What did you think of the ILFORD papers? (ILFORD has generously donated paper to each of the photographers to use for their CSA photographs.)
I was very pleasantly surprised with the ILFORD paper. I had never thought I would use something like the Textured Cotton Rag for my work, but I absolutely love the way my work looks printed on it.