Krista Darlings medium of practice is photography, both analog film and digital. She includes themes of spirituality, dreams, and the unknown. Often including biblical references, her photography embodies a freedom of exploration of different realms. The most common subject matter in her work are portraits, whether they be self-portraits or of models, and abstracted conceptual works of light sensitivity. Currently Darling attends the University of South Florida, studying under Jason Lazuras and Wendy Babcox. Her work pulls influence from Alec Soth and Joel Sternfeld, embodying a poetic atmosphere.
My artwork begins to explore the aura surrounding other worldly realms. My work pulls inspiration from the paranormal, dreams, music, nature, and at times contains biblical references. Although, my biblical references lack the boundaries of dogma and have the essence of parody. I want to engage my viewers in an out of body experience, and make them question the normal realities surrounding them.
Beginning from 35mm landscape photography, my photographs have evolved into a more sensual and atmospheric genre. My current work still plays off of my original passion of nature, as I try to incorporate natural elements into my backgrounds or subjects. In the sense of contemporary art, my work is included in this category since its being made in the current 21st century. I am looking to further increase the inclusion of feminist influences and team up with other feminist artists to make new projects.
Over the years my artistic influences have included a large number of people. First and foremost being Alec Soth, who creates the most beautifully soft and poet photographs I’ve ever seen. Stephen Shore has also encouraged me to explore vibrant colors and to fully appreciate the independence that comes with being a young photographer. Clyde Butcher, a local photographer in Florida, keeps my hopes alive for the dream of shooting in film. Continuing to gain acknowledgement in the photographic community for his stunning landscape photographs.
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Bartram Trail High School 2009-2013
Florida State College of Jacksonville 2013-2015
University of South Florida 2016-current
Michaels Framing 2016-current
Administration Inter at Bartram Trail High School 2012-2013
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