Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca Nelson is a self taught photographer working in Northern Illinois.  She is the mother of 10 year old boy / girl twins who are often the subject of her work, and she is the wife of a very supportive and loving husband who recognised her passion for photography and bought her her first DSLR camera as a Christmas gift.  She hasn’t looked back since.

A shot of a single object that expresses a powerful memory/event?

This is the slip that was worn by my great grandmother on her wedding day.  It has been worn by every female relative on the occasion of her marriage since.

An artist or creative, past or present that you would like to meet. Who would it be and what would you get up to?

Sally Mann, we would get in a time machine, and I would watch her creative process as she captures her children on film.

Three books that have inspired you?

Immediate Family by Sally Mann, The Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling because I love the belief in goodness and  indomitable spirit that they convey, and all of Jane Austen’s works because she was a woman ahead of her time or maybe just brave enough to point to the absurdities of life in her era, couched in really enjoyable stories.

How do you engage audiences with your imagery, is there a narrative to how you shoot?

I’m not sure there always is a narrative. For me, it is more about recognising the beauty that surrounds me.  I see something that makes me catch my breath, maybe the way the light is falling on a subject or even just the subject itself, and I want to record it. But I am also inspired by the sort of feminist revival in stock photography, showing girls and women of all shapes and sizes, doing all things regardless of gender.

One ambition?
I would love to one day have a gallery showing of my work.


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