Casey Joiner is a photographer in New Orleans, LA. Her work is based in the documentary practice and is informed by her affection for places full of peculiar nonsense and deep struggle, slow things, longstanding traditions, and growing up in the Deep South.
Artist + Casey Joiner
Describe your art in three words.
suggestive, democratic, tender.
Describe yourself in one word.
What do you love the most about creating art in your community? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work?
New Orleans is a city of polarities and contradictions, heartbreakingly beautiful and ugly at the same time. Fragile and strong. It's a slow place in every sense, and it speaks to my fascination with tradition. It's strange that it even exists at all. I love to make frames of it's nonsense, hoping to point to it through a lease of tenderness that people can relate to.
Describe your creative process. Are there any rituals or rites of passage you exercise before you begin a new piece?
I walk with a camera, without direction, and wait for a feeling that stops me in my tracks. Then I raise the camera to my eye and usually make a singular frame of a scene or subject. Part of the engaging process for me is not really knowing if I captured what I saw or felt, since I work with film this way.
Where do you draw inspiration?
Literature, cinema, paintings, the built environment, slow things, people and their relationship to place.
Who are your artistic influences or gurus?
There are plenty, but lately Wolfgang Tillmans and William Eggleston.
Where can we find you when you are not creating art?
Probably in my studio giving someone a haircut, or at Mammoth Espresso.
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Personally -Early morning, Sunday, December.
For photography - evening golden hour, any day, late August.
What is something people don’t know about you? A fun fact.
All works listed online are available to be viewed at Where y’Art Works Gallery by appointment.
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