It’s Thursday and I’ve started a new job at a photography gallery, so why not “throwback”?
Between 2009 and 2013, I was a photographer. I exhibited at Houston Center for Photography, attended Tisch at NYU, acted as the photography editor of my high school newspaper, and photographed for The Daily Texan.
I turned my attention towards photography after making That’s Me, a mixed media work, in 2009. It began as a photograph that I edited in Photoshop and later painted and drew on top of.
After 2009, I took photography seriously. My camera became my third arm, slung over my shoulder at all times. I shot everything. Coffee, trees, and (most often) my friends.
I loved capturing whatever I thought was in front of me and comparing it against my memory and what I was told. I particularly enjoyed film photography. It does what it wants. During my senior year of high school, I played with a small blue plastic camera. (In addition to being “fun”, It was extremely cheap and light in comparison to my DSLR.) I never knew what I was going to get until I developed the film. I took the above photograph with a Mini Diana. While drinking coffee and visiting with my friends, I took multiple photographs on top of one another. Delightfully, it worked out.
Between my junior and senior year of high school, I studied at New York University. It was intense to say the least. I loved and hated it. We were constantly on the move–taking photos, editing photos, or looking at photos. Somewhere in there, my roommate managed to cut my bangs.
I continued to photograph after my summer at NYU. I became the photo editor of my school newspaper The Review, played with a “polaroid” camera, and began experimenting with social media.
April eventually came around, and I had to make a decision. Ultimately, I decided to study something “practical” at a state school instead of art or photography at private school. It felt safe and practical. I figured I could do art after my undergrad if I really wanted. Presumably it was a test of will or passion.
So, I studied advertising at The University of Texas. I wasn’t too happy at first. At one regrettable moment, I emailed a former professor at NYU and begged her to help me transfer to NYU. Nothing came of it, and things got better at UT. By junior year, I thoroughly enjoyed my classes.
To satiate my desire to return to my “former self”, I briefly joined The Daily Texan. Honestly, however, I was a mediocre photographer when it came to journalism, so I left that after a semester and joined the sales team.
My favorite books related to photography:
On Photography, Susan Sontag
Hold Still, Sally Mann
Camera Lucida, Roland Barthes
The Photograph as Contemporary Art, Charlotte Cotton
The Ongoing Moment, Geoff Dyer
My favorite photographers:
Carrie Mae Weems
To view more of my photography, visit my Flickr. For the everyday, follow me on Instagram. I had a photography blog back in the day that I have since taken down. If curiosity strikes you, you can attempt to find that on web archives at either ereedphoto.com or blog.ericaannreed.com. I started it in 2010!