Rebecca Skinner 10 CE
Based in Franklin, MA
Photographing abandoned sites tell a story and document the passage of time. They are places that have been forgotten and left behind for nature to take over. It is a meditation. It is quiet and still. You can hear only sounds of your footsteps, water dripping, the wind. You can smell the age, the mold, the moss. You try not to leave footprints. You don't want to ruin the appearance of desolation. You want to leave the place as you found it. Move nothing, change nothing. There is beauty in these places. There is history. A freezing of time. There is sadness; You are alone.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
My fellow photographer friends that I met through RISD as well as elsewhere are always my greatest inspiration.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
My time at RISD is when I decided to pursue photography as an art form.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
The subject of my most recent work is “all things abandoned” including; mills, factories, junkyards, etc... I have created a lot of new work over the past year and I have many trips planned this Spring/ Summer that tie into this subject.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
I was recently featured in an article by "Upworthy". A few of my recent shows from 2017: "Small Works" at Chandler Gallery, Boston, MA; "White|Black|Monochrome" at South Shore Art Center, MA; "Unseen: Photography Beyond the Visible" at Providence Center for Photographic Arts, Providence, RI.
To see more of Rebecca's work, visit skinnerphoto.com