I am a photo-based artist, raised in Texas and living and working in Brooklyn, NY.  I am mostly self-taught, having learned much of what I know about photography through my father, grandfather and photography books.  My work is deeply rooted in memory and nostalgia, as a result I continue to shoot film into the digital era.  Working with film and vintage cameras allow me to maintain a direct physical connection to my work that has proven essential to my practice.  It also allows me to achieve a particular aesthetic quality reminiscent of the old family photographs I was captivated by in my childhood.

My project "Flower Mound," borrows its title from the suburban Texas town I grew up in.  At the end of 2013, I started traveling back to Texas as my father was succumbing to a lengthy battle with cancer.  Over the next few years I also lost my mother and the relationship with my long-time partner came to an end.  Everything I considered solid within my life began to rapidly crumble before my eyes, including my self-identity.  I turned to my camera as an attempt to regain control over my life and to save fragmented pieces of what I was about to lose forever.  The images from this project capture fleeting moments of intimacy, joy and grief.  Woven together they serve as a lyrical reflection on love, loss and the ephemeral nature of life.

 

For prints, assignments, commissions and all other inquiries, please email:  kristenwbartley@gmail.com

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