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Describe your work/process:

My process is, in one word : Obsessive.

I learned very early on from a mentor to always be self-assigning myself projects.

I am always either shooting or editing, taking insights I gained from the last shoot to inform the next.

The more I look at my work, the more I realize that I am really trying to elevate the imbalances that exist in society.

To level the playing field, so-to-speak.

I enjoy immersing myself in a sub-culture and digging beneath the surface to uncover a common experience that is relatable to anyone.

We can forget that we are in this together. I like to remind people as much as possible, through as many faces as possible.

Sometimes I like to shake people out of their auto-pilot modes.

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What have you been up to recently? (trips, projects, work?)

It’s been a busy summer!

I spent a lot of time at Weir’s Beach in New Hampshire which inspired a series in Laconia documenting the softer side of the people of Bike Week.

I have also been shooting for a series that I am working on right now about urban Beekeepers. It’s allowed me to learn how to be surrounded by bees with no protective clothing, which is a pretty meditative experience.

Recently I got to do an Instagram residency for a new (and amazingly staffed) Transgressor Magazine. That was a really interesting experience. Essentially, I got to take over their Instagram page and post whatever I wanted for quite a few days in a row.

There is also a new collaborative project that will launch in a few months with about 8 other photographers.

I’m really excited about it. It’s fresh and different. I am interested to see how it will affect people..

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Favorite Quote:

This has been my favorite quote since I first read it at age 13

It gave me a mission which I haven’t , since, been able to shake..

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”

― Albert Einstein

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Advice to other creative’s/aspiring artists:

The most valuable thing you can attain is finding your own voice in your work.

Take time to really sit with what images you are making. make workprints, hang them on your wall, carry them in your bag. They will teach you more about yourself than you will realize.

Follow your gut rather than current trends.

Don’t be afraid to be different. There is only one shot at being who you are and bringing your specific viewpoint into life.

And lastly, avail yourself to inspire some newly budding photographers. Share what you know.

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What are you currently listening to/reading/ watching?

I’ve been listening to a decent amount of old blues music and I have fallen in love with a newer band Shovels and Rope. I get chills every single time I hear them.

Orange is the New Black has been a recent binge. I want to hang out with the whole cast and make out(passionately) with the writer’s mind.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I see myself traveling a lot more for work. Living on the west coast and having a lot of good conversations with fascinating people..

 

Who is or where does your inspiration come from? Any emerging artists to watch out for?

My inspiration comes from talking to strangers. Going on walks, where my goal is to connect to everyone I walk by and acknowledge them whether it be just a smile or a head nod.

It’s a guilty pleasure.

It’s proof to me how something so small can reach so far and possibly make a change, if only a small one.

 

There are so many great emerging photographers out there! It’s a photographer’s world right now.

Overwhelmingly so.

Alison Scarpulla’s dream world is intoxicating.

There is a young girl whose personal work has been inspiring me for years. Chiefly because she has such determination and commitment paired with an insatiable sensitivity. She lives in England and has over the last few years been able to really start a career, which makes me feel like a proud older sister. She is 16 now and is killing it over there… Eleni Caulcott

Also, he is not emerging but has been a long-time mentor and dear friend, Guido Vitti.

 

Harry Gould Harvey IV is another one to watch out for.

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Name: Allison Pharmakis

Location: Los Angeles, CA

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