Rachel Wolfe is a very talented photographer hailing from the Hungry Ghost Collective’s home state of Illinois. I first caught wind of her work through a blog that several of our members used to curate as part of our advanced photography class at Northeastern Illinois University. I was impressed by her two bodies of work, Not Even But Almost and Liminal Metanoia, which showcased her range of visual perception, from capturing the mundane to creating transcendent ethereal imagery.
Rachel has been recently admitted to graduate school and has since left Chicago. During these hectic times, however, she has taken time out chat with us about herself and her approach to photography. Continue reading to see Rachel’s responses to our Ten Questions.
by Rachel Wolfe
The West became a love affair of mine, sometime around the age of nine. Waking late nights in the woods, I would reminisce upon dreams of finding freedom in the wilds of the mountains and coastlines beyond my Midwestern rearing.
Rows of golden roots and shifting greenery suited me just fine-but fine is ok for folks who don’t wake from dreams they believe foretell futures.
The creative mind blesses few and curses many. For those who cannot withstand the raging fire of motivation either extinguish the heat into smoldering cinder or jump ship altogether.
The East tantalized me with systems of delicate order, making sense of any experiential disbelief. Bored by the familiar I grew increasingly intrigued of what lie beyond my American borders.
Especially in L.A. a merging of dreams a plenty sit at my feet. Walking is experiencing the gift of the force which propels life. Certainty the subtleties of place became apparent to me in this space of West and East.
Incredibly same and without much to decipher, any state has the same to offer. But by way of the photographic image-something special is discerned to me. And I find that land of ESPLA to be especially, oh so Los Angeles.
Existence, or the place for the self within another place, has always captivated me. The reality of our world is the manifestation of duality, life or death, creation or destruction, but in my work I explore each moment in itself as an entire world and existence unfolding and ending at the…