Interview with Brigid Cara Reid for 2021 ILFORD CCP Salon
Photography by Brigid Cara Reid
Brigid Cara Reid is a Naarm based artist. Brigid's practice is informed by interesting and complex ideology including developmental psychology and personal narrative.
What's your name and background?
Brigid Cara Reid: My name is Brigid Cara Reid, I am an artist currently living and working in Naarm. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Melbourne University’s Victorian College of the Arts and am currently studying a Masters of Arts Photography at Photography Studies College.
Is this the first time you have participated in Salon, and what is the story behind your submitted works?
BCR: This is the second time I have submitted work to CCP Salon and the second time my work has been included in the Milieu publication.
My practice is informed by developmental psychology and personal narrative and explores intimate relationships, collective memory, untold histories and domestic space. Attachment theory, neurospection and postmemory are some key concepts that I am working with at the moment.
What inspires you to take photos?
BCR: My work is often driven by a feeling or sensation. I rely on a more intuitive way of making images in an attempt to define something that often feels quite elusive and difficult to define.
How do you prefer to shoot and using what genre of instrument?
BCR: Recently I have been making images using 35mm with a Pentax point and shoot. I like the fast paced nature of the point and shoot and its small size minimises the barriers that a camera can put between you and the subject/world.
Has your use of social media changed or influenced the way that you create, share and view your work?
BCR: Having a public facing outcome, such as Instagram, for some of my more unpolished images and work in progress has been a really useful tool for developing ideas and sustaining momentum in my practice.
Which is stronger to you the influence of people or the influence of place?
BCR: This is a hard question for me because I am interested in the relationship between these two things. I am curious about the more invisible ways that people and place interact, for example the psychological impacts of place on a person or the idea that a place can be infused with a past occurrence.
If you could quiz one photographer about their method, who would it be?
BCR: I am currently very lucky to have Joanna Piotrowska as a mentor. Joanna’s images depict situations, gestures and staged actions between human beings, objects and space. Her work is interested in revealing the psychic mechanisms that operate below the surface of things.
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