This exhibition is composed of several short series photographs each focused on one or two females subjects. With the use of black and white film, Kristin Vogel has recalled a vulnerable time in life often filled with excitement, uncertainty and exploration on the path to self discovery.
Lander Art Center openings are free and open to the public located at 224 Main Street, Lander, WY. This exhibition will be on viewing until March 2.
Statement by the Artist:
“These photographs were taken between the years 1993 and 1999, during which time I lived in Madison, Chicago and San Francisco. I was in and out of college, working as a waitress, and experimenting with art. My inspiration was the urban setting, music, dancing, fashion, graffiti and art-rich environment I lived in. I was surrounded by visual artists, musicians and art enthusiasts. At some point, I found an old book of photographs from the mid-1800’s by Julia Margaret Cameron. She was one of the first female photographers and took beautiful portraits, sometimes dressing her subjects up as mythical characters. I loved the old photos and wanted to create the same kinds of images, depicting the beauty and depth I saw in my close friends, and the experiences we were sharing. I wanted to create art that captured all the emotion and drama of our lives.
“All the photographs in this show are a very personal labor of love. I had so much fun obsessing over each image until it looked exactly as I imagined in my head. I loved spending time in the darkroom. It felt like a secret, magical place, especially when an image would appear out of nowhere on a piece of paper submerged in the pan of developer. Afterwards, I would return to the streets and people outside, protected by the music in my headphones, with a backpack full of treasures, ready for the next inspiration to reveal itself.”