Kristy Carpenter | Rochester NY, USA

Short bio…

I grew up on a farm in the rural town of Bronson, MI, where there are probably more animals than people and only two working traffic lights. I moved to the East Coast for college, fell in love with the city of Boston, and graduated from Harvard with a BA in Visual & Environmental Studies. I currently live in Rochester, NY, which I’ve learned is actually the arctic, judging by its cruel weather. This is my final year of graduate school at RIT, a campus full of hipsters and engineers.

You shoot film because…

I like the way in which film shapes my personal approach to photography, how it causes me to carefully consider each frame, knowing I only have 12. It slows me down, needs my full attention, and forces me to really focus on that moment, not worried yet about what comes next. That uncertainty of whether I got the shot or not, pushes me to work harder. I relish in the magic of discovery when the film is processed. For me, film is real, it’s tangible, it’s something to treasure and go back to.

Your photography feels like…

My photography feels like those little glimpses from out of the corner of your eye, where a moment, probably unremarkable to most, makes you pause and really look, mentally cataloguing it away to puzzle over later, or to savor in the days when it’s long gone.

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