Photographer, Los Angeles, CA
“I was born in 1980 in Enid, Oklahoma, picked up my first camera in 1988 and was raised in about 15 different places across the US and abroad – traveling often with my military father. Traditional analog photography is my foundation. Mixing media is my self-taught evolution. Currently I live and work in Los Angeles.
My work is about temporality and moving through it with grace in the midst of emotional complexities. Recurrent themes I explore are feminine sensuality/power, nature worship, mystical mysteries and the soul’s journey in human form. I try to document our relationship with time in a way that honors my own tender heart, longing and pensiveness. I am continually inspired by dappled light, natural elements, eastern philosophies, indigenous practices and the expression of love between living beings.
Largely I ‘see’ in grayscale and enjoy blending film and traditional darkroom techniques with digital printing and processing. In addition to straight photography I experiment with altering my prints by hand using various materials such as paint and thread. Many of my still photographs are parts of a motion based story for video collages set to music. I enjoy many mediums and plan to evolve on paper, sculpturally and cinematically to communicate the expansiveness of my vision.
As an artist I hope to simply achieve a transference of my soul’s journey in this lifetime (or perhaps echoes of lifetimes past) to others out there, somewhere. I Was Here. A journalist once wrote that my photographs are “like whispers.” I concur.”
Check out our video documentary about Calethia’s creative process here