We got a chance to chat this week with Chrissie White. A prolific photographer of over a decade, she brings her passion and experience into her first year of photography school at SCCA. Recently published Celestial Bodies, a photo book collaboration between two UK photographers, is now out and featured in a number of publications including DAZED. You can purchase the book at the Seattle launch party in March or online here. Read on to learn about the launch and more about White’s distinctive photography.
You’ve been doing photography for a long time, what brought you to SCCA?
I learned about SCCA through two friends, Chloe and Chelsey Scheffe who were in the graphic design program some years ago. I had been planning on going to Pratt in New York, but was disenchanted by the idea of art school after realizing how much money it costs. The facilities here really convinced me. After I went to the portfolio show I made the decision to apply. It seemed like a great community and they had a wilderness themed photobooth at the show!
Your photography subjects vary, but you have a distinctive style to your work. How would you describe how you see your work?
I would say that my work in the past has been mostly an exploration of the imagination or an exaggeration of reality. Lately I have been playing around with the concept of the human spirit in relation to each other and to nature, I call that series “Awakening The Spirit”.
Your photography showcases a clear affinity for the natural world. If you could be reincarnated as a plant what would it be?
I would be reincarnated as a redwood tree because they are beautiful, they sound cool (put your ear up to one when it’s raining and you can hear it drinking water), and they smell yummy! Plus they are giants, and I have always wanted to be taller.
How did you end up working on the project Celestial bodies and what was one of the most interesting parts of the project?
The project originated after I had consistently been doing road trips to California, my friend Elvia and I wanted to make a travel book on how to travel on a budget with a car. But of course it turned into an art book instead. I had met Elle and Rachel Hardwick (my collaborators) years ago on Myspace when I first started using the internet back in 2006/2007. They originally inspired me to start photography, so it was very serendipitous that we would finally meet in person and end up creating our first photography book as a team.
How can we find more about the book and where can we get a copy?
You can purchase the book right now online here although I recommend you wait and buy it from me in person at Common Area Maintenance as it will be cheaper. Our launch party is on March 12th so keep an eye out on the event Facebook page for news. We also have interviews in Id Magazine, The British Journal Of Photography, and Dazed about the book.
You can find more of Chrissie White’s incredible work at chrissiewhite.com.