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4.13.2009

Featured Artist Monday ~ CHRISTINE WRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY  


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CHRISTINE WRIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY::


First, tell me about your work?

When I'm on assignment, it's usually a concert or music festival that I'm shooting. I write and photograph for Junkmedia, an online music magazine (www.junkmedia.org) and mostly cover shows in the New York Area, although I have covered gigs out of state including Lollapalooza in 2007. As far as my own personal projects, there's no central theme to them. They tend to vary without rhyme or reason. I think it's usually just the desire to capture something beautiful or ugly in the immediate surroundings of day to day life that excites me. You don't have to go far to find pictures.


How did you get started?

I took a black and white photography class when I was a freshman in college. That's where I got my first professional camera - a Minolta SRT 201 – and spent endless hours in the darkroom trying to perfect the craft. One of my photos was featured in an art show at the end of the school year and I remember being absolutely terrified to step foot in the room where it was on display knowing that people would be there looking at it.


Who has influenced/inspired your art work?

Music is a huge inspiration for me, especially classical piano...anything piano actually and anyone who can play it to an awesome degree. Certain authors really do it for me as well, like Murakami, Hemingway, and Palahniuk. They create such intense characters, vivid images, and stunning alternate realities with their words. They make me want to go out and find those people and places. And while I love photographs of all kinds, and I look at them constantly, everything from photojournalism to the abstract, I don't really have a specific photographer that I feel I've been influenced by, that I'm aware of anyway.


How has your art evolved over time?

I hope it's gotten better. Or at least improved. It continues to improve, I think, as I become more confident and allow myself to experiment more. Each time I photograph a show I learn something about how different artists move, how to work within their lighting set-up, how to get the most out of their stage presence. As far as my own projects, I'm trying not to define them or limit them to a specific category. If they work, then that's great. If nothing comes out of a specific shoot, then I know I've exhausted that avenue, at least for the time being, and I move on.


Where do you sell your work and how can my readers reach you?

My photography website is www.cmwrightphoto.com where I try to house most of my work, and my Etsy store, foryoursake.etsy.com, is available through there as well. Anything that is shown on the website can be purchased through Etsy even if it's not currently listed in the store.

I also have a blog www.subtle-electric-fire.tumblr.com/ where I muse over the intricacies of life.

I asked Chrissy if she wanted to be a featured artist, I was searching on etsy in the shop local section and saw her work. I really think she is an amazing photographer. You should check out her website and etsy shop.

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