As some of you may remember from my Rendering the Spirit show, I interviewed the artists participating in the show via email. For APR, I did the same. With 40 artists participating and a quick turn on the time-frame, I’m only posting a few interviews.
Today’s interview: Brittany Fleming
Tell us a bit about your photographic work: * how did you get interested in photography?
Born and raised in rural Ontario, Brittany spent most of her adolescence outside experimenting with a camera. It was during a three-month backpacking trip to Europe that her interest in travel and photography was sparked. “Being able to combine my passion for travel with photography opened up a new way of thinking. I came back to Canada knowing what I wanted to do.”
Leaving Fergus behind, Brittany left for school in Ottawa where she completed a two- year photography program at Algonquin College. Before graduating, she started her career as a Lifestyle Photographer with Union Eleven, where she currently works.
* what kind of work do you produce (how would you categorize your work)?
I currently work for a studio in Ottawa, Union Eleven where I`m a lifestyle photographer. The work I show for galleries is my Street photography & Photojournalism.
* what themes or subjects inspire you?
I am currently working on three projects that are close to my heart. The first is about urban development and the ever changing cityscape. I document this environment through street photography. The second is an ongoing project about agriculture – showcasing farmers from our past, present, and the future of farming through a photojournalistic lens. Lastly, I am combining street photography and photojournalism to bring light to the human rights issues of our time, specifically women’s rights.
How do you see your work in relationship to the larger art world:
* did you come to photography from another medium?
* do you feel your work is influenced by other media/periods/genres? If so, which ones, and why?
On backpacking trips I was able to connect with locals. I have the ability to connect the camera to the heart, to feel the subjects and their story. An anthropologist at heart, my aim is to show the social landscape of my time. Deriving my photographic influences from Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander, I always try to keep the human condition in focus.
Could you talk a bit about the piece you submitted to the APR show?
We all want to feel equal. My work is strongly influenced by this innate desire, and I’ve chosen to expose it through a female perspective.
Captured in this photo are a group of people at the women rights march. Showing the young girls looking up to their mothers sparked a strong emotion. Thinking about this young girl, her past, present and, future.
I too, yearn to feel accepted and equal. My hope, by sharing this image, is to show how truly brave these women are and how grateful they are for their rights and freedoms. We all have the power to go ahead and face our fears, follow our passions, and do so with grace. Our successes and failures are what will shape the generations of tomorrow.
What is your experience with analog photography? Digital photography?
When i was in school for photography we uses 4×5 cameras. Other then that I primarily shoot with my DSLR.
Do you normally print your own work, or have others print for you?
Bob and the team at Alternative Photo Services do an amazing job at printing my work for me. They are experts at bringing my images to life.
Have you ever worked in alternative processes before?
No this will be my first time
Glen Echo | Glen Echo Park in the Ballroom, Backroom
Viewings will be taking place from 1-9pm with a formal reception from 6-9pm. Admission: Free
New Orleans | L’Entrepot
March 31-April 1
Private reception on Friday March 31st from 6-9pm.
General admission is $10
VIP Collector ticket is $30 admission + chance to win a unique permanent print
Stay at home ticket $25 for a chance to win a unique permanent print
Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.
April 1st, viewings will be open to the public from 1-9pm. The Julia Street First Saturday event is from 6-9pm with all gallery’s in the area having receptions
Toronto | Connections Gallery
May 15-June 17
Opening May 18 from 6-9pm
The Toronto portion of the exhibition is a part of the Contact Photography Festival
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