Since the photographers featured in the Local Photographer Showcases in each city are supremely talented and excited about reaching new audiences with their work, we will be regularly featuring them to give you more insight into their work and their experience Crusading. Next up is Raychel Rogers from the Seattle Crusade Pop-up:
Tell us a little about your background as a photographer and where you are now with your work.
My love for photography began at a young age when my parents’ gave me a re-furbished Olympus 2s - still one of my favorite cameras to shoot. I started taking photos in my teens, eventually taking a course in developing and printing. In 2010, 3 years after graduating university, I allowed myself an opportunity to step away from all distractions and devote 100% of my time towards personal experimentation and implementation artistically. I lived in Barcelona and attended Metafora where I attained an international diploma in studio art and art history. During my time in the studio I found that I mostly gravitated toward photo and print media. Through tireless exposure and development I discovered an interest in those quirky, intimate, and sometimes “misunderstood” moments.
My vision focuses on unrefined, raw, forward portraiture in situations that are not always comprehensible and that are, often, humorous. My website, purewhild.com, features images from more recent work. Since my experience in Spain I shoot color-negative and transparency mostly, and I lean towards a softer, more nostalgic, washed-out look; as though the image had already aged between the laminated pages of some wild primitive family album. I am attracted to expressions of perplexity and moods.
Professionally, I am ready to work independently and collaboratively. I’d like to apply my alternative-eye and playfulness to art-dialogue within a company, on a campaign, or at a magazine/art publishing house. I love to push the envelope, to think of new solutions and to promote alternatives. It would be fulfilling to use my creativity to support a greater purpose; using my nostalgic beach work to stand behind Ocean Conservancy campaigns or green surf companies, these are things I think and dream about.
I discovered the Crusade's call for entries posting at the Photographic Center Northwest. I thought the idea of printing an edition to share and gift to the public was interesting. I was really nervous to work so closely and directly with an audience. There is always a fear that you will be misunderstood or poorly received by others, but in the end I was really grateful to have challenged myself to stand, quite literally, behind my image and to interact intimately with strangers over a piece of my art (an extension of myself--especially considering I presented a self-portrait). This experience helped me transcend my fear of being misunderstood or, even worse, my fear of being rejected by an audience. Working with Jennifer and the other talented photographers featured in the Seattle Crusade, was inspiring and encouraging and the contact I made with those who asked for my image was rewarding and invaluable.
Now, I say, sky is the limit! http://purewhild.com