Dec 02, 2015
Rachel is an American art photographer currently based in the Chicago area. Her black and white images address the ideas of home, belonging, memory and absence as a personal exploration.
About her series “Origins” Rachel comments: “For most of my childhood, my family’s life was scattered over countless households. My faded memories of these places merely composed a fragmented idea of home. Photography finally provided a way in which I could eternalize these fleeting moments, a fiction entangled by my truth. As a way to cope with these feelings of isolation, I created a narrative hoping to connect these places and reunite my family. Through this collective experience, my family and I appear to search for one another within the various environments that divided us. As a result of our efforts to find solace and intimacy, I conjured a myth of a home; a sanctuary where my loved ones and I could finally belong.”
Rachel’s approach to photography is intimate and thoughtful, giving her the time to attain the desired results: “I was taught how to slow down in a manner where I was no longer seeing my subject, but truly feeling the details of a person. The camera immerses my subjects and I into a meditative trance- a state where creativity becomes ritual.”