Photography by Rebecca Cairns

Jun 29, 2016

Rebecca is a Canadian photographer currently living in London, UK. Her images are nostalgic, quiet and very poetic, to the point that each of them can be a story by itself. It is also possible to observe that Rebecca’s work is patiently devised in advance, allowing the right time to to develop the image in her mind and later in front of her lens.


Following we want to present an interview we had with Rebecca:


am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please tell us where are you from and what do you do at the moment?

RC - I am originally from Canada, but I am currently living in London, England.


am - What inspires your work?

RC - I find inspiration in my day-to-day experiences through the objects and people that I encounter, as well as in poetry, books, music, and in old found photographs and artifacts.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

RC - Berlinde de Bruyckere, Michaël Borremans, Duane Michals, Diane Arbus, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Sally Mann, Francesca Woodman, Juliet Margaret Cameron.


am - How would you describe your visual language?

RC - I am not so sure of how to answer this, as I feel it changes at times depending on my experiences. The first word that came to mind is ‘quiet’.


am - What are 5 things you could absolutely not live without?

RC - A camera, a cat, tiny dried flowers, the forest, books.


am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?

RC - Somewhere in the Carpathian Mountains, or somewhere Northern and isolated.


am - What does photography mean to you?

RC - At times it means everything to me, and less so at other times. There are times where I can put my camera down for months, and other times when I am in constant possession of it. It is the way in which I can document and respond to the things that I find to have meaning, however abstract that meaning is.


am - Favourite songs / bands at the moment?

RC - Both Tim Hecker and Julianna Barwick’s latest albums, Black Ox Orkestar, Alela Diane, Mourn, Kristoffer Lo, Nils Frahm, Helm, Kara Lis-Coverdale


am - What’s your favourite movie?

RC- There are many, but I will name just a few: all of Tarkovsky’s work, Winter Light, Upstream Color, Melancholia, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Dogtooth, Mayak, A Separation


am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

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