10 minutes with Christy Lee Rogers

Interviews with Photographers January 2, 2013 7:40 am

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

At an early age there was always this urge to create, mostly on a performance basis with my brother, then with painting, mixed media, poetry, filmmaking and then photography. So my love of photography came much later in my high school years when I was given my first camera.

 

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

 

 

Who were some of the first photographers that inspired you?

Surrealist photographers like Man Ray, although my biggest inspirations were and still are derived from music, poetry, lyrics and the world around us in the form of live pictures.

 

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

How did you come up with the idea to photograph your subjects in water, at night?

I’m from Hawaii and I loved water and wanted to be around it. The original idea was actually very simple and spontaneous. It felt organic and messy in a time when I was bored with shooting reality. I didn’t think much about the night time aspect, it just happened that way because I was a night person. The mystery of not knowing what would happen in water of course was exciting too. The results from the shoot were like nothing I’d ever seen before; ghostly and magical. From that point on I was obsessed with water as a medium and I threw everyone I knew in there so I could experiment; my mom, dad, brother, aunts, cousins, friends… anyone that would participate. For at least six years I experimented before I knew I was ready to release the first collection. Water just happened to be that element I was missing in my work up until that point.

 

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

 

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

Christy Lee Rogers

 

If you could go back ten years, what advice would you give yourself?

Trust yourself. Stop all pointless activities so you can do your art and be true to your vision no matter what anyone says.

 

(Christy is based in Los Angeles and Kailua, Hawaii. See more of her work, here.  If you happen to be in Paris, Christy is having a show of her work at the Galerie Joseph from January 10th – January 13th.)

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