Tell me a bit about yourself. (a quick history/bio, where are you from?, what's your backstory?, how did you get to BFP?, etc.)
I'm a native New Yorker who wrote the intro essays for Meryl Meisler's books which were quoted in two features on newyorker.com. I blog for Professional Women Photographers, where I also served on the board for five years as Archives Director. One of my articles, Sgt. Pepper Uncovered, was named by PhotoShelter to its list of Best Blog Posts of 2011, and a Women's History Month series in 2012 about women photographers and the women photographers who inspired them, featured luminaries like triple Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer Ruth Fremsen, and got a lot of nice attention.
For the past few years, I've been working on a series of still life photographs made in the rough environs of Brooklyn, and have had two shows of this work.
I'm also working on an oral history about recent changes in photography that is housed at the Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library of Emory University.
How did you get to BFP?
One day I was visiting someone and saw a small sun-splashed studio. It was love at first sight.
Can you describe your work? What do you do? What's your process?
For better or worse, I love to hop around between projects. Lazy/dreamy, then a frantic flurry of activity. Fortunately, there's always a lot going on. I had a lovely show in January, then fell into a very intense writing period, trying to work the kinks out of some longer pieces of fiction.
What artists do you think about most / what artists are you looking at?
I'm mad about Alexander McQueen. He created a singular world of darkness and light that was luxurious without being slick, visually stunning without shying away from the tough issues and fears we face today. And one of my current writing projects is inspired by the noir films of the 1940s and 50s. The photography is great, the stories dark, intense, and filled to the brim with human desire and deceit.
Do you have any shows coming up?
I'm participating in a show of women artists at BFP in September. I had two shows recently within the space of a year, so am trying to concentrate on new work and finish up several writing projects.
What advice would you give to other artists?
Doing the oral history, I've seen, on a very human level, how styles, tastes, and markets change. What is cool today, will be forgotten tomorrow. Everything is in flux. Stay humble and true. Be strong and keep working, because your thoughts, insight and inspiration have never been more desperately needed.