I wanted to bring guest photographers in to Pittsburgh from time to time. This will help us to grow outside our local area and also get a change in scenery. New York City is probably the most fasinating place I have visited. Rachel is going to deliver a show that says New York in her own way. An intimate view of the biggest city in the world.
I am also VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE that EXPOSURE will be held ONCE A MONTH in Detroit, Dallas, and Now Cleveland!!!!! Special thanks to Bobby, Dave, Wade and James! Because of your hard work, the network is growing!!!! THANK YOU!!!!
INTERVIEW with the PHOTOGRAPHER....
currently resides in the Queens Borough of New York City. Less than 9 months ago she started her own professional photography business specializing in capturing the life, love and innocence of childhood. She markets her photography for maternity, newborns and children. One thing that you first notice about Rachel is that she has passion. A passion for life and capturing the small moments that make it meaningful. Whether that moment be an intimate glance between two in love, the pure joy and essence of childhood, or the unique being of each individual or the heart of a culture. For Rachel, it's not about the equipment or technical interpretation - it's about the feeling, being in the moment and the photographer's relationship to the subject. One of her favorite quotes regarding photography was stated by Andre Kertesz who once explained, "You don't see the things you photograph, you feel them."
Rachel, Where are you from?
I don’t consider one specific place my home. My home is in my heart, not where my coat hangs. However, I was born in San Diego but spent the first 18 years of my life on or near a Marine Corps base, moving every 3-4 years to different locations/stations. I wouldn't change my upbringing for anything. The experiences that I had as a young child exploring the world are priceless. My passion and love as an adult is very much the same - explore, travel, meet new people, try new things and go to far away places. I love this journey of discovering more of who I am with every person that I meet, place that I explore, article that I read and each picture that I take. For the past 5 years I have lived in NY, both on Long Island and in Queens. I moved here one month before Sept 11th which also makes the image quite emotional for me.
If you had to compare New York to anywhere else, what are some of the obvious differences you won’t see anywhere else but New York?
It’s a real salad bowl. I’m not fond of the term “melting pot” for I feel that description takes away from the value & uniqueness of individuals and different cultures. There are many cities and places with different cultures and areas that are living cohesively but none like New York City. New York City is made up of an enormously wide variety of people, living and working together, but still with the ability to hold onto their own values, beliefs and cultures.
How did you become involved with Photography? Where did it all start?
I got involved in photography about 4 years ago. I started taking pictures and people kept telling me that they liked them. So, I kept taking more pictures and experimenting around.
I sought to be an assistant for a wedding photographer who’s artistic
photojournalistic style I admired. I worked as an assistant for him
for almost 2 years until he brought me on has a second photographer
for events. He has been a great mentor and teacher, full of
inspiration, life and passion for the art. Wedding photography is not
my gig. I’ve always known that my heart is in capturing childhood.
After my camera bag was stolen by being yanked off the hook and over the bathroom stall door that I was currently using at a McDonalds in Greenwich Village. (My one and only theft incident in NYC) I decided to turn the unfortunate event around for the good and not be taken back by start my own children’s photography business in Nov 2005.
Can you remember your first camera? What was it?
My first SLR was the Canon Rebel film body which I borrowed from my father.
What gear do you use now?
Currently, I own the Canon 20D.
What type or styles of photography attract you most? What style would
say you shoot now?
I enjoy anything non-traditional. If it’s concerning people or nature, artsy, fun, has a photojournalistic feel, shows life and just plain real - I like it. My favorite challenge is children. I never ask them to say cheese and force a false smile. I want to capture who they are at that moment and in that time.
What do you do for a living beside photography?
I am a Child Life Specialist in the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Division. My main area is providing psychosocial care and interventions to children and their families in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at a local Children’s Hospital.
How did you get turned on to Flickr?
I started off on Myspace looking for local NYC photographers to maybe network with. There was one photographer that responded who appeared semi-normal (there’s apparently a lot of weird people on myspace) That photographer was Ryan Brenizer aka “carpe icthus” www.flickr.com/photos/carpeicthus/ We met up in the city and quickly became good friends and photographing buddies. He told me about this online photo blog that he was apart of. At first I wasn’t interested in joining because it was just another thing that would consume time that I didn’t have. In less than 2 weeks, I was an addict! This June marks my one year pro flickrversary and now I have a few flickr children and even grandchildren.
If you had to pick one photographer on flickr right now that you enjoy their work or long to create work like theirs, who would it be?
I can’t pick one but there are two children’s photographers that I
greatly admire their work and know that I have a lot to learn still to
be able to capture images like they do. They both beautiful capture
the life, stories, heart and pure innocence of childhood.
What was the last image you added to your favorites before taking this interview?
A square picture of little frog boots playing the in rain. www.flickr.com/photos/toyfoto/160797212/
What is your number one most popular image on flickr right now?
What is your favorite image you have posted on line right now?
My absolute favorite image is one that I took two years ago of Maroon Lake in the gorgeous state of Colorado.
Rachel will be exhibiting 9 unique images that say New York
City....Please come to our next show and check em out and meet Rachel!
Friday June 30th, at the z:lounge on Pittsburghs Southside.
photo and flyer by Kirsten Wylie