CIARA J ALBERTS


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Portland, Oregon


Duck Pond, 2014

Duck Pond, 2014

Yuma, 2014

Yuma, 2014

Yuma, 2014

Anonymous asks: what scanner software are you using for your negatives? i feel like you have some color balance issues..

I use a pretty old Nikon drum scanner that’s in my schools computer lab. I have the absolute worst time color balancing any picture because I am red/green color blind! Cyan and magenta are my struggle.

Also, the monitors at my school are color calibrated to match our Epson printers and the default Apple screens make my images appear MUCH more blue/green. They look a lot better on color calibrated monitors and when printed. Eventually I guess I should have a set of web edits but that seems like a lot of work right now.

Anonymous asks: what are the most important parts of your process? I love hearing about what works for other artists

It’s important for me to make images alone and allow myself time to wander and remind myself to take my time. Owning a rangefinder helped this a lot.

I also think reading theory is an incredible and awful but essential part of my process. If I couldn’t ground my work and ideas within theory I would be far worse off. I owe a lot to Sontag, Berger, Ahmed, Barthes, and Halberstam.

Anonymous asks: What projects are you working on right now?

I am continuing to develop my body of work about my experience growing up on a traveling carnival and the racism and sexism that environment fosters. Lots of ideas about consumption and spectacle and class politics that I’m still figuring out. Next semester my thesis year of my BFA program begins and in March I will be leaving Portland to travel the East Coast with the carnival for six months. I am hoping to produce my first book with these images.

I am also continuing to photograph the small town in Arizona I grew up in from age 10-18. I’m thinking about nowhere spaces and hiding from the sun right now.

I am a long term project person. Sometimes I get distracted by how quickly some people can churn out new work but for me these things take a long time.

Anonymous asks: Was it hard deleting your previous blog? Are you worried you won't get as wide as an audience again?

It was difficult and easy in different ways. And not really, the majority of the followers I accumulated with that blog weren’t based on anything substantial or inherent to my personality or my making. The 400 people that follow this blog are more precious to me than the 20,000 that followed landlockedmermaid.

Anonymous asks: Where are the rest of your new carnival photos? Are the ones you posted all you took?

I still have around 100 negatives to scan! It’s hard to convince myself that locking myself up in a windowless computer lab all day is the best use of my summer however. I’ll get it together soon I hope!

Underdog Truck, 2014

Underdog Truck, 2014