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LPS Spotlight: Marico Fayre

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 Marico Fayre from the Brooklyn pop-up:

Tell us a little about your background as a photographer and where you are now with your work.

For me, photography is always about storytelling. And about connection. I began falling in love with photography while using a pink plastic point-and-shoot in the woods surrounding my childhood home. Moving up to an old Honeywell Pentax with black & white film in high school helped define my vision and personal style. I continue to be inspired by the changing light and color of different places I travel, a sense of drama imparted during my time as an actress, and a love of literature developed during the many hours of my childhood spent inside fantastic realms of myth and legend.

How did you hear about the Crusade, and what were your initial impressions?

I heard about the Crusade from friends and colleagues and was incredibly excited about the idea of bringing artists and new collectors together, face-to-face. After speaking with Jennifer at Photolucida, I was even more enthusiastically supportive of the Crusade.

Were you excited to participate in the Local Photographer Showcase?  Why or why not?

I was ecstatic! The dialogue between artist and audience fascinates and inspires me, but so often it is indirect. Having this opportunity to speak with artists, enthusiasts, and collectors about my work was truly a joy. 

How did the event go for you?  Was it like you expected or different?  Better or worse?  

I did my best to go into the event without any expectations, so I had a fabulous time. I was sad not to have Lady Blue as a recognizable icon, and the day was incredibly warm, but neither of those things can be controlled. Being that we were in NYC, it was rather more difficult than normal to give away anything for free, which was interesting to see, though not unexpected. I have yet to see much feedback or follow-up from the event, but I hope that will happen over time.

What do you hope will come out of the experience for you - personally and professionally?  Do you think those are realistic expectations?

My first goal with this event was to meet and network with local photographers and art enthusiasts, and that definitely happened. This was also a way for me to get my work in front of new potential collectors, so I hope additional sales will eventually come from it, though I have not yet seen that. I hope the Crusade will continue to receive additional attention and that the conversation of art collecting will grow and evolve and lead to future opportunities.

Tell us about the image you gave away at the event and how to see more of your work.

I gave away prints of "Watching Weather" from the series mariko, which refers to the meaning of my name in Japanese (either circle or honesty & integrity, depending on who you ask). In the solitude of my creation I feel free and connected to the natural world. Through the camera I catch glimpses of the essence of life, the truth of my experience, a record of the transient beauty of nature. In mariko I seek to capture a fleeting moment, turn a thought into something tangible, something understandable. Using light, gesture, and color I contemplate memory, whimsy, grace, and dreams. These photographs are the product of time spent traveling through the Oregon countryside, the landscape that shaped my childhood and allowed me to become the woman I am today. The patterns and textures of the land, sky, and the human body juxtapose reality and fantasy, allowing ordinary moments in the day to become mysterious and enchanting. Imagining how a bird dances through the delicate spring sunlight or explores the crunch of a late-season snowfall, I hold a performance with nature that mirrors the emotional response brought on by the combination of raw elements. In this way I record my sliver of reality, exploring and rearranging the world around me, leaving an impression though the landscape remains unchanged at the end of the day.

This series can be seen on my website: I am also working on publishing a book of the extended series, which I hope to share in the near future (looking for publishers if you know of anyone who might be interested. I have a mock-up through Blurb I can share).

You can also find me on Facebook:

Twitter: @MaricoFayre

Instagram: Marico Fayre

on my Tumblr:

and on my blog:

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Brooklyn - Too Hot to Trot

Honestly, this is a tough one to write about.  The photographers were awesome, as usual - enthusiastic and excited to reach out to people and share their work.  But it was so hot out, and the people walking by were. . . non-plussed.  Some really interesting connections were made, but a lot of the people did not want to stop.  They already "did the art thing".  Really?? It just goes to show, maybe the biggest impact is made where people are not already inundated with arts experiences.  DUMBO is way arty.  We'll see how people strolling through the National Mall feel. . . every day is a new adventure!


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Photolucida Photographer Highlights

Last week the Crusade made a stop in Portland for a pop-up and to attend the Photolucida Portfolio Review event.  At a portfolio review, photographers at the mid-career level register for one-on-one meetings (20 minutes long) with gallery owners, curators, critics, collectors and publishers from around the world.  As a reviewer, I met with 48 photographers over 4 days and was fortunate enough to informally see work from dozens of others. People seem to ask me pretty regularly about current themes I see in photography, and although I don't like to categorize, I will say that I saw a lot of work dealing with contemporary landscape - human intervention, neglect, urbanization. . . And I learned a new word!  "Dross" - ok, now that I used the google, the definition isn't exactly as it was explained to me by one of the many photographers dealing with this topic, but as I learned it, dross is the in-between space in the landscape - places that have fallen away from use or that are coming into use.  Dross.  Photograph that.  (or don't, since lots of others are getting that covered. . .)

So dross aside, I'd like to highlight just a few images/photographers that peaked my interest.  Some of this work is finished and ready to launch, and other portfolios are still working out issues and growing, but these are just few that I keep thinking about.

This image by Amelia Morris made me cry:

I pretty much loved everything about Marico Fayre, including her meditative series, White. Kids With Guns: The Childhood Gravity Games by Kim Campell intruiged me - I think it's going somewhere.  K. K. Depaul's mixed-media collage and assemblage pieces about secrets was wonderfully haunting.

A lot of talent always shows up for this review, and Portland of course is my love, so the whole time there was wonderful, start to finish.

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