Interview #339: Charlotte Strange
q: Introduce yourself:
a: My name is Charlotte Strange, I’m a teen (and student) currently living in Portland, OR with a horrible film addiction… I just picked up photography within the past year or two, but it’s quickly become something that’s a huge part of my life. My favorite books are the Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides and Girl by Blake Nelson and if I could I would probably bedazzle everything.
q: What does photography mean to you?
a: I got into photography really quickly and just kind of jumped in feet first with the whole thing. Being able to capture things I find beautiful means the world to me - it’s a way of expressing my view of the things happening around me and, in a way, to romanticize it all. In taking pictures, I can create my own world that maybe is based in reality and maybe isn’t, if that makes sense…it opens up all kinds of possiblities.
q: What’s up with the bedazzled pictures?
a: Well, when I was really little I went through this phase where I hated everything pink and i cut my hair short and yadda yadda yadda…I’m not super-feminine now, but I definitely turned around after the hating of girly things was over and now I’m a huge fan of little touches of pretty things. It’s a ton of fun putting the jewels and stickers on everything, and with a lot of the pictures I choose to decorate, it turns them into more of a keepsake and extends a lot of the nostalgic feelings I might have associated with the photos themselves/the memories they remind me of.
q: Photographic equipment?
a: I’ve got a lot of cameras i’ve collected over time that I use on different occasions, but mostly I just stick with my 35mm SLE “Canon EF” (camera, not the lens…they do make lenses by the same name) and I’ll pull out my Fuji polaroid remake every once in a while, too.
q: Upcoming projects or ideas?
a: I don’t have anything planned, but I’m definitely going to get going on some new stuff soon! I really want to do something witchy - I recently acquired some new bedazzle stickers and some super cool pink/purple/star-covered fabric that would be really fun to do something with.
q: Any music to recommend?
a: There is so much! But definitely lately I’ve been obsessed with the band “Girls”, and then also the bands Hospitality, Little Joy and Neutral Milk Hotel are always amazing.
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