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Christie Lynn Caputo

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Christie Lynn Caputo

"The word that comes to mind when asked to tell about myself is "ambivalent". Most people take this word to mean "indifferent" or "uninterested". Yet, what the word really means is to have mixed feelings, or strong emotions, usually towards two opposing ideas."

"I create photos for a reason that I'm sure many people create photos for: because I know that nothing lasts forever, but sometimes I wish it would. Specifically, my grandparents. I know that my time with them is/has been limited and I struggle to grasp and glean everything that I wish I could from them while I still can. I create images of my time with them, and of what I try to use to cope once they're gone. What I create is a record of what is here, and what is already gone."

"Honestly, I create out of anticipating loss rather than fearing it. As humans, as PEOPLE, what do we lose? We lose time, and we lose each other. Most of my work revolves around pondering the phrase "the time it takes". Specifically, the photos I create, even outside of the namesake/kick-off series (as I like to casually call it) entitled "The Time It Takes", involve my grandparents and the realization that by the time I am finally in my adulthood and getting to know them as individuals rather than figureheads, I am already losing them. Through narrative portraits and still life images of their belongings, I am simply trying to understand my place in their world and vice versa."

"In the end, I create to understand.I visit my grandparents. I see moments. I photograph them. Or, I meet with my grandparents. I create moments. I photograph them. Or, I go to estate sales, I see markings/belongings that resonate for reasons unknown to me. I photograph them. Or, I wish I had more time. I look at what is still here for me to learn from. I photograph it."


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