Chrystal Nause | Carbondale IL, USA

Short bio…

Chrystal Lea Nause grew up in a small farming community outside of Chebanse, Illinois. Her father instilled in her an adventurous spirit and a love for travel. In 1997, she traveled to Tasmania where she began to make photographs and developed a case of wanderlust that has yet to be quenched. In 2005, Chrystal received her Bachelor of Arts Degrees from SIUC (Photography, Criminal Justice). She received a Master of Arts degree in 2010 from the Department of Anthropology at SIUC.

You shoot film because…

I prefer traditional processes that incorporate light-sensitive materials and chemistry to match the nostalgic “feel” that my photography evokes. Many have suggested that my images are reminiscent of pre-1940s photography and cinema. I also love the process of photographing with large format cameras: they force me to slow down and help me to focus on composition, the play of light, and the decisive moment at which to expose each sheet of film. I also love to play in the darkroom.

Your photography feels like…

 I specialize in narrative tableau, architecture, and landscape. I strive to emphasize the beauty found in isolation and anonymity, which are themes found throughout all of my work regardless of the physical subject matter. Cinematic lighting and gesture influences much of my work.

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