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  6. Ashley E. Walters: On Photography

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    When did you become interested in photography?
    I think I started as a collector and storyteller first, even when I was very young I liked to remember things by collecting them or writing them down, but the stuff I wanted to hold on to started to become big, intangible, and complicated. As I got older I decided somewhere along the way that the best method was photographs. I don’t recall exactly when that was, but I do remember a translucent, blue 35mm camera with a yellow strap that started to follow me everywhere. As a kid, it was especially important for me to take pictures of family events and vacations. Usually my dad photographed too, but I always liked my pictures better than his because they were funnier and less composed. I kinda grew up making lots of really bad/humorous/strange photographs and it followed me through high school to college where I fell in love with the medium all over again.

    Why photography?
    I love the illusion of photographic truth, it’s so seductive to me. I also like the suggestion of history, narrative, and the heavy hand of time at work in many photographs. A photographic print is this unique thing that can have a single life as a document, an object of sentiment, and as art. I’m a total sucker for that.

    What are you currently working on?
    A project called When the Moon Was in the Seventh House about memory, mysticism, and the passing of time in a small town. I recently came across this really amazing anthology that was published by a town in central Kansas and it’s filled with these beautiful, luminescent stories that recount memories of growing up there, I became sort of hypnotized by the narratives and characters and started researching and making pictures as soon as possible. The project is very new to me still, but it deals with themes that come up in my work very often: landscapes of the American West, collecting from and unraveling the past, and using local lore and oral legend to craft new narratives.

  7. Ashley E. Walters: Background Noise

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    What do you not understand?
    most of it

    Do you have anything that moves in your home?
    a roommate, lots of plants

    What smell have you been encountering lately?
    gasoline

    What are you most afraid of?
    forgetting, being forgotten

    Where do you spend your free time?
    kitchen/porch/on the road

    What is good?
    I think nectarines are in season

    How do you manage?
    coffee, writing things down, more than one alarm

    What do you spend a lot of time thinking about?
    what to listen to in the car

    Instagram is:
    a place where I keep small and funny things (come see @ashleyewalters)

    What do you hear right now?
    the creak of a screen door, neighborhood dogs, a humming that I think is the A/C (can’t say for sure)

    How do you feel right now?
    bittersweet

    What are you?
    a cream colored couch in Richmond, VA

    What is the problem?
    where is my lipstick?

    What’s the real problem?
    no really where is it

    What calms you?
    bad jokes, good food

    What do you try to avoid?
    sometimes eye contact and usually laundry

    What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen recently?
    the Garden of Eden, Lucas KS

    You are:
    trying

    Photography is:
    my favorite vehicle

    Society is:
    a tragicomedy

    The world is:
    a stack of paralells

    The universe is:
    terra incognita

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