We are continuing our Introduction of New Members this month with Rebecca Skinner. Her photos tell stories and document the passing of time.
Can you tell me a little about you background?
I am from Massachusetts. I lived in North Carolina from 1992 thur 2000. While there I was a Custom Color Printer and Department Head for one of the largest film printers on the East Coast. That is where I fell in love with the printing process and the techniques involved in producing a quality print. I always had a camera in hand even in childhood. In 2010 I received a Certificate in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design. While at RISD I was greatly influenced by one of my teachers; Shane Gutierrez. He reminded me of my love of photography as a form of art and pushed my creativity.
What is your current focus in the studio?
I am focusing all of my attention on documenting historic buildings. I completed a project focusing on abandoned mental hospitals in 2012. Raising awareness of mental illness is important to me. Right now I am focusing on factories/ mills. They are quickly being demolished and with them their history and beauty. When exploring these fascinating buildings you are reminded of the industries we have lost.
I use the most recent release of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to process my images. I look for images that are strong, that tell a story and that are technically well done. I print most of my work myself.