Bridget Collins shoots on a Mamiya RB67, occasionally switches it up for a Nikon D7000, but always manages to capture the lonely magnetism of the Midwest. “I think it is very hard to leave,” she says.
The Minneapolis, MN native is Brooklyn-based these days, but her photographs consistently embody that empty, in-the-open way of life so familiar to those who take pride in their affiliation to the region. The Midwest feels like possibility and dark ease, two elements, married to awareness, that also resonate in her style.
As a regular contributor to exhibitions across the United States and publications around the world, and naturally the subject of features across the internet, Collins feels strongly about the importance of creative collaborations. Her sentiments on DIY embody the fundamental beliefs that this here RASCAL is based on, singing straight to our hearts when she says,
“It is incredibly important that people make things outside of the intention of commerce. Every day mass culture is being sold to you, trying to convince you of what is important. But more than whatever the current pop culture zeitgeist is, you matter, your friends, and the people you know matter. You have to make your own culture to fight this force that is relentlessly selling itself to you.”
As a contributor to Packet Bi-Weekly, project of friend Chris Nonsenzo, her photography is assigned to the publication’s cover for the next six issues. “It’s been really exciting to be a part of. Producing something every other week is great, because it forces you to follow through on ideas that otherwise might have been fleeting,” she says.
Her most recent project is a self-publication finished in late December, a zine filled photos from the past and advice for the future. Soon, she’ll be featured in Peculiar Poetics, an group show in Chicago based on challenging the notion of basic consumer objects.
“I feel like I can’t photograph friends or people I’m close with anymore unless they ask me to. I project so much of myself onto what I’m photographing that it feels uncomfortable to put people I’m close with in that position.”
Seeing something unexpected yet familiar, like a glimpse into an alternate life.
Compromising your time and energy for something that isn’t useful.
Yayoi Kusama, Viviane Sassen, Alec Soth, Yoko Ono, Britney Spears.
Interviewed by Allison Maloney