Featured Artist Charlotte Gibb from USA
Every month we display the photographic work of an exceptional artist, display their exquisite images and ask a handful of questions about the photographer and their work. You can see the full article with all the images in hi-definition inside issue 48 of the magazine.
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When did you start photography?
At 16, I got my first 35mm SLR camera. I was certain that I wanted to be a photographer or a journalist – or both. In college, I studied photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco but I graduated with a degree in graphic design. Even so, I maintained my own darkroom for years before I took the plunge into digital photography, and although I don’t miss the messy darkroom chemicals, I still get a bit dreamy eyed at the smell of fixative.
How important is photography for you?
I suppose one could measure the importance of photography to me by the amount of time I am compelled to practice the craft. I practice daily, and I’m often up and out in the field well before the sun rises. I like my sleep as much as the next person, so this tells you just how strong is this compulsion.
Your favourite and most inspiring location?
Yosemite National Park in California never fails to take my breath away. Its iconic landmarks are most frequently the main subject of photographs, and for good reason. However, what makes Yosemite Valley really special is its unique quality of the light. The Valley’s towering walls of granite, which lay in an East to West orientation, reflect warm light into the shadows all day long. Reflections in the Merced River take on whatever color is happening at that moment, be it the alpenglow on the granite walls just after sunset, or the soft, morning light illuminating the trees along its banks.
Who is your favourite past or present photographer?
Ansel Adams, of course, is a huge inspiration to me. Specifically, "Moonrise, Hernandez, NM, 1941" and "Winter Sunrise, Sierra Nevada, from Lone Pine, California, 1944" are images that I find especially compelling, but there are just too many to list here. Charles Cramer's work astounds me for his ability to take an intimate, natural scene and turn it into pure visual poetry. His attention to detail and composition are astounding, specifically his work using trees as a subject. I'm a huge fan of Michael Frye for his use of color and conveying a sense of wonder and raw beauty in his images. Annie Leibowitz, Dorothea Lange, Steve McCurry. These photographic giants are my heroes for their ability to capture the essence of a person or a scene. Their work is profoundly important on so many levels.
What are your future photographic plans?
I would like to teach photography to other aspiring photographers, either through my writing or by guiding in the field. I have never formally taught anything in my life, but the few times friends have asked me to help them with their photography skills, I found it satisfying. Otherwise, my future plans are to continue to refine my vision with the goal of exhibiting my work to a broader audience.
What advice would you give to a younger you?
Don’t be afraid to talk to the photographers who are blazing trails. Ask questions, lots of questions. Be curious. Your natural curiosity and playfulness will be your greatest ally as you practice your craft. And don’t be such a chicken about going out to shoot alone! Photography by nature is a solitary art.