Julianne Nash is a photographer born and raised in rural Massachusetts. Julianne recently graduated with departmental honors from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography. Her work has recently been exhibited in The Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Festival, The Photographic Resource Center, and Robert Klein Gallery. Julianne is now living and working in New York City. She is currently the assistant to Angela Strassheim and W.M. Hunt.
Why do you photograph on film?
Photographing on film yields for a deep connection with photographer and image; it teaches us patience. In our digital society, many photographs are made on the fly, without careful consideration of framing and technique. As a film photographer, you are forced to slow down. Whether it be slowly creating a 4×5 image, or waiting in the nebulous zone between exposing and developing, our souls are connected to our images. That’s what keeps always me going–the surprise of the wait.
What is your work about?
“Unseeing” is an immensely personal project, that documents my grandmother’s waning vision. Many of the photographs exist purely as a document of her changes, from the perspective of a caregiver. In others, I attempt to understand her nebulous world by physically degrading my favorite negatives, in order to rid myself of my sight. I hope to pay homage to my grandmother’s condition, while also reminding the viewer just how fragile we all are, and to appreciate the physical world while we can.