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fine art photographer
Julia Forrest is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens. Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, Abrons Art Center, and USDAN Center. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses. Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.
Using film photography with no digital manipulation I pose women in the landscape. By using mirrors, reflections, and forced perspective, I create an illusion in front of the lens. Although they misleadingly appear docile, it is obvious they possess a mysterious power to move the landscape at will. They change shape and scale, picking up parts of the landscape or completely transforming it.
My work largely depends on unique landscapes for me to create illusions in. Every photograph has a connection to the location, along with the personal connection to the woman I photograph at the center of it.
Because the world is covered with urban development and the natural landscape is disappearing, I am interested in capturing what is left and using it as a backdrop to my photography. During my time in Cyprus I had the opportunity to walk out my door and spend all day finding unique spots, meeting local people, and photographing landscapes personal to them. I hope my work encourages people to savor what is around them and become aware that nothing will remain untouched unless hard work is put into place to keep it. I think creating work to raise awareness on the disappearing landscape is extremely crucial at this time.
more at: https://www.juliaforrest.com/
Residency period: January 2023