SHELBIE DIMOND (Los Angeles, USA)
Shelbie’s work seeks to evoke a potent nostalgia through the use of analog techniques and character-driven scenarios. focusing on the power of self-portraiture and the female form, her photos reveal a deep sincerity and connection with the process of photography itself.
Somewhere between psychosis & neurosis is an ongoing series of self portraiture which began in 2007. shelbie began taking self portraits when she was removed from high school due to her families religious beliefs (fundamental jehovah’s witnesses.) it wasn’t until 2017, when shelbie was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder – spending a month in a treatment center – did she realize she had been photographing her illness all along. shelbie uses traditional analog techniques to emanate visceral emotions from the subconscious mind.
Practice Statement: How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
Film allows for a nostalgic aesthetic which digital mediums cannot imitate. i also shoot with film as printing in the darkroom is an essential part of my photographic process.