Q&A: Caitlin Teal Price


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Yeah, I’m trying to appreciate the small things in life while continuing to shoot for the big ones. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? How much time we spend looking at screens. Are you aware of any conspiracies? Pizzagate. What is the worst thing about city life? The smell of steaming hot cement and pockets of pee air on a summer day. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The ocean and the jungle. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Spirits and afterlife. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Anthropology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t?  I block these out. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Nutritionist. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen.  There are too many.  So I’ll narrow it down to Diane Arbus – all of them. How often do you take other people’s advice?  Depends on the advice. Describe a personal hell. Millions of Mosquitoes. Which living person do you most admire? Barack Obama is pretty bad ass. On what occasion do you lie? To protect someone.

What is the best way to educate yourself? Experience. Ultimate camera? Good question, I don’t use digital very often, but damn it’s convientient so I would say a Mamiya RZ 6×7 with a digital back. Most used camera? Maymia RZ 6×7. What object do you want? A house. What object do you need? A house. ha! How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? A tool to receive and send information instantaneously. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? I could stand to have a bit more. Describe a cheap thrill. A long fast slide. Are impulses more important than consequences?  I can’t say for sure, depends on the consequence I suppose. Which talent would you most like to have?  I can dance, but I wish I could REALLY dance. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Take my boys to school, visit my printer and pick up exhibition prints of my new work, have lunch with a curator friend and walk through my current show, pick my boys up from school, go to an opening, have dinner, watch a movie and then hopefully get lucky!

Stranger Lives is a vibrant taxonomy of sunbathers developed primarily on the sand between Coney Island and Brighton Beach from 2008 to 2015. Shot with a Mamiya RZ 6×7 camera and Kodak Portra film, the photographs possess a sharp focus and flattened perspective from above, invoking a specimen-like quality. Through this work, Price plays with the legacy of the uncanny— making the familiar strange, and drawing the viewer into an intimate and voyeuristic exploration of object and body — (Source Capricious). Stranger Lives is out now through Capricious and available online right here / See more of Caitlin’s work at: caitlintealprice.com