Q&A: Ciara J. Alberts


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? Be fluid like water. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Animal agriculture and current American politics. Are you aware of any conspiracies? My grandpa worked at Area 51 in the 50’s and swore he cleaned up dead aliens that the military were doing tests on. What is it that interests you about photography? The ability to construct memories. What is the worst thing about city life? Expensive rent and no backyards. What part of the planet would you like to explore? I really want to go to New Mexico. The more of the desert I can see, the better. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Ghosts are 100% real. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Astrophysics. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? I’m not really a spontaneous shooter, I don’t have many regrets like this. Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Interior designer. No wait, food critic! Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Any picture of my parents together when they were a couple always stops me in my tracks. It’s like looking into a life I’m a result of but never got to participate in. How often do you take other people’s advice? Hardly ever, but I ask for it a lot.

Describe a personal hell. Being late. Which living person do you most admire? My parents. On what occasion do you lie? When it benefits with me without major consequence or moral dilemma. What is the best way to educate yourself? Traveling, reading, conversation, listening. What is the next book you want to read? I’m reading a book a week this year, so my list is pretty solidified. Next up is Dreamtigers by Jorge Luis Borges. Ultimate camera? Im not a huge gear person but probably some insane digital medium format that costs more then a car. Most used camera? Canon 5DS. What object do you want? More books.  What object do you need? Absolutely nothing. How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? A tool designed to connect people but usually results in the opposite. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? No, its actually something I’m trying to work on this year. Describe a cheap thrill. Clean sheets. Petting a dog. Getting ice cream after a stupid day. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The 1964 New York World’s Fair. Are impulses more important than consequences? If were talking about photographic impulses, absolutely. Which talent would you most like to have? Public speaking or writing. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? I’m going to go to a BBQ and then doing a float down on the Washougal river. Pure summer joy.

Ciara J. Alberts spent the first ten years of her life with her family on the traveling carnival, Reithoffer Shows, which they continue to work for today. During 2015, after ten years of spending time off the road, Alberts began traveling with the carnival and her family once again. For this series she utilizes the carnivals inherently theatrical midway as a stand in studio to construct still life images. She also documents her surroundings, community and homecoming with a highly intimate understanding of this very public space. The work is both social document and cultural critique, formal study and product of personal introspection. Alberts is both insider and outside, spectator and subject.

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