CHARLEE BLACK

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Charlee Black is an Indianapolis based photographer. She has been constantly expanding in her style to create a look and feel that is quite memorable. She recently released a photography book entitled “ VOICES ” which is filled with her eclectic style of photography on another echelon. We reached out to her in February of 2017 to discuss her art.

 

TOMMY: Hey Charlee, how are you feeling today?

CHARLEE: Good, good. I can’t complain.

T: So who are you for those who don’t know and what do you do?

C: I am Charlee Black and I create dark content in the form of photography. I love portraits I think people say way more with their eyes then we can even begin to understand.

T: That’s really cool. I agree, you can almost see into the soul. What started you in photography?

C: My mom used to buy me disposable cameras at CVS when I was about 7. I would take pictures of random things more in my teens. I had a photography class that was only suppose to last a year (ended up taking it for 2 years because the teacher fucked with me). In critiques I was always told my images were too dark when truth be told I adore a dark image.

T: It’s interesting how those little things help you find your passion. How did you end up taking the class for an extra year?

C: So my junior year my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer, so I missed a lot of school (she was a single mom). Between chemo sessions and shit, but this art teacher was my homie, she was cool as fuck. I ended up dropping a class and she kinda squeezed me into “photography 2” which wasn’t technically a thing. I just developed film in her dark room for majority of the day.

T: Shout to that teacher though, came through clutch. How’s your mom now if you don’t mind me asking?

C: Unfortunately my mom passed the day before my senior prom, but it made me who I am.

T: I’m sorry to hear that Charlee. Do you prefer digital or film photography?

C: I loveeeeeeeee digital for the instant gratification but the smell of a darkroom will always be something I adore.

T: I can imagine. Recently you released your project VOICES. What is it and what does it mean to you?

C: I never got organized religion / voices was my journey of “ religion “ 

- you don’t need to go higher you need to go deeper.

T: Very intriguing. After finishing your journey what was your revelation?

C: Everything you need you already have.

T: I love that. We’re just unaware. Who are your influences?

C: I love Aris Jerome, that’s mainly who I think influenced my style over the past year. I love his portraits. I also adore Maria Coma.

T: I’ve never heard of them, going to have to do some research. You told me you want your identity to remain anonymous with your work, why is that?

C: I feel with social media, photography has become a sport and competition and it’s been made more about the photographers and their follower count than the actual content being produced. You don’t need to know me to know what my images are about you don’t need to see me everywhere it serves no purpose in my eyes.

T: It has honestly, I feel the same way about the fashion industry. So do you want any notoriety?

C: I want my images to speak for themselves. I don't really gawk at the idea of getting a lot of attention- my images on the other hand lol

T: And final question what are the future plans for you Charlee Black?

C: Shows. Worldwide. Making art & being in love that’s it. 

T: I’ve never heard of them, going to have to do some research. You told me you want your identity to remain anonymous with your work, why is that?

C: I feel with social media, photography has become a sport and competition and it’s been made more about the photographers and their follower count than the actual content being produced. You don’t need to know me to know what my images are about you don’t need to see me everywhere it serves no purpose in my eyes.