Artist Profile: Marin McCallen

Going Over Home series of photographs by Marin McCallen, showing now at Revolver Gallery.

Q: When and how did you start photographing?

A: I started taking photos on my first solo long distance road trip, which was from bellingham, washington down through northern california and across nevada and utah to telluride, colorado.  i think all i had packed in my ford taurus was about 25 pairs of shoes and a camera.  i was 18.

Q: What do you look for when capturing an image?

A: i don't exactly know how to describe what i''m looking for - i just know when i see it.  there is a moment when everything comes together perfectly.  sometimes you catch it, sometimes it escapes. i'm always looking.

Q: Where are you from?

A: i'm from southwestern colorado.  i was born in telluride and grew up on a ranch outside of norwood, colorado.

Q: Where was the series "Going Over Home" shot?

A: "going over home" was shot in nevada and utah, meandering around highway 50 then down to moab and up through la sal into colorado.  once in colorado i shot mainly around my ranch - the norwood area.  it's obviously very rural.

Q: This series includes saturated colors -- do you have a preference between color and black & white photography? Why use color for this series?

A: i feel like this subject matter has been shot thoroughly on black and white film, by people who do it better than me.  what i enjoy the most is the experimentation with different kinds of old color film.  i enjoy the colors that are achieved at the end, but mostly i enjoy the not knowing.  the way i shoot and process is kind of a gamble.  i'm never entirely certain of the color shifts that will occur.  i like the loss of control.  it feels more like a collaboration between place and photographer.

Q: What is your favorite subject to photograph & why?

A: it always changes.  i love taking pictures of my friends just living their lives.  i love taking pictures in the desert and the mountains.  i have a great appreciation for the beauty of the present moment.  it manifests in different ways depending on what's going on in that moment.



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