The RAW EXPRESSION from Felicia is below:
For the longest time I found myself shooting mostly on rooftops. I literally became addicted to finding a way to capture a new view of the city and just being so high up away from the hustle and bustle of the city was therapeutic to me.
As some people would say they found their “niche”, in some ways for me it was almost the opposite where it put me in a creative slump. I obviously love doing rooftops and even traveled to New York and Chicago to do so but sometimes life happens and shifts your mindset. i don’t think one specific instance changed things for me but getting caught on a roof in New York was definitely a wake up call and I think it snapped me back in to the mentality of what i’m trying to say as an artist.
From the start, my “artist statement” (i hate those words but that’s really what it is) has always been to show Detroit from my perspective that post people don’t get to see every day and I realized that not all of what I see is just rooftops and the downtown area that dan gilbert is making look pretty. I have always explored abandoned buildings and i drive through one of the roughest areas of Detroit on a daily basis on my way to work but I hesitated on posting shots that people might see as sad because I didn’t want to bring a negative light to the city and what I was doing but then i realized it’s not a negative light, it’s the real Detroit.
Not only when I go out specifically to shoot, but I could just be driving through the city or walking to work and I see something that gave me any type of emotion or feeling so i grab my camera and shoot it because i want to be able to tell that story through a photo for someone else to have their own moment. they might not get that same feeling but regardless I want them to feel something. everyone has their own opinion of Detroit but I want to tell my story through photos and then let them have their own feeling from that.
I want people to look at my work and anticipate my next photo thinking “I wonder what she’s doing today” instead of thinking “I’m sure she’s just on a rooftop somewhere” because my everyday life is so insane that it changes every day and I’m never sure what i’m doing.
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