Stacie Turner Photography: Holgas, Childhood, & Isolation

I love film.  I love Holgas.  And I love these photos by Connecticut photographer Stacie Turner!  So very gorgeous! Beautiful, awkward and spooky all at the same time. I have to say I was surprised to find out that they were shot with a Holga.  They look so clean.  None of the light leaks or heavy vignetting that is usually associated with Holgas.   How much duct tape do you have wrapped around that camera Stacie?  Ha!

I'm inspired.... I think I'll  dust my Holga off today and take it out for a spin!

From Stacie:

"This set of images is drawn from a body of personal work called "We are such stuff."  It is an examination of the isolation and general weirdness of childhood.  All the images were shot using a toy camera known as a Holga, which is a medium format film camera notorious for its low fidelity output.    This particular series has been increasingly well received and pictures from it have been displayed in a number of juried gallery shows.

My personal work is done wholly with film.  For client portraits I use a combination of film and digital depending on the type of session and the client's preferences.
I tend to work, both personally and in commissioned work, utilizing a lot of serendipity.  I exercise a lot of control over locations and and sort of prop that's included but once I am there I work organically and let the moments happen.  What direction I do give subjects is very subtle and quiet; I want the final images to seem almost voyeuristic, as though we have caught people in unguarded moments rather than posing for the camera.  This can be very tender, as when a mother looks at her baby, or tension inducing, as in the personal holga work."

-Sandra Coan

About Stacie: based in West Hartford, Connecticut / website/ contact /facebook

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Cat's take:

I see these Holga images by Stacie Turner as pensive, dark, sad, and daring. The isolation of childhood is almost never explored by professional portrait photographers...and Stacie is doing it with confidence, creativity, and love.

These images make me think of both Sally Mann's family work, and  just a little bit of Nan Goldin's recent project, "Scopophilia," or "love of looking." Both take risks on many levels, but approach each of their subjects with immense affection, while still showcasing a level of uncomfortable darkness.

I think it takes a true intellectual to photograph children with such love, showing the true depth of childhood in an effort to be truthful and honest, and exploratory about what life is really like.

- Cat Thrasher