Not As of Yet: Stories of Aftermath and the Unknow
Not as of Yet: Stories of Aftermath and the Unknown: an exploration of the emotional history of place, alongside surreal images of unknown circumstances, offering the viewer space for their own anxieties. Shot on 4x5 color film.
Investigating and celebrating the American Drive-in experience. This project was shot over the course six years with a 4x5 camera. at the Mendon Twin Drive-In of central Massachusetts, which continues to delight crowds of motorists, cinephiles, and their children. The images show a community illuminated by movie light. The silhouetted glow of families, couples, and teenagers can all be seen in the length of a double feature. The inconsistency of the light combined with the non-static nature of children and adults over the course of a long exposure often yields serendipitous results. It is the ephemeral nature of the drive-in movie—seen through a historic but contemporary view of an American experience—which is illuminated here.
Estate Sales is a collection of environmental portraits that tell a story about a life, a family, a generation, which is quickly evaporating. With the exploration of estate sales throughout New England the work deals with specific issues of domesticity as well as the less tangible idea of “home.”
Details of ones life are laid out and exposed allowing for the examination of the physical relics of someone’s life. This work examines these domestic spaces that have been very clearly shaped by women. In doing so I am both creating portraits of these women and examining the cultural nuances to which they subscribed as well as comparing them to our own schema today. This can be seen in the pieces of cosmetics remaining on a dressing table and the ornamentation of a house; even the choice of wall paper reflects such subtleties.
Rachel Loischild is a Boston-based artist and photographer as well as a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in Photography. She holds her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute and her BA in studio art from Clark University. Her work has been widely shown nationally at galleries and museums, and internationally at the Jounju Photo Festival in Korea, she was also recognized by the Inge Morath Foundation in IM magazine for her photo essay Estate Sales and in Landscape Stories magazine of Italy for her project Drive-in. Her work is held in numerous collections including the Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and the Canadian based Magenta Foundation for Photography. Additionally, Loischild is a recent recipient of the City of Boston Arts Opportunity grant. Rachel teaches photography at Clark University and is the Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at Pine Manor College.
Click on any of the thumbnail images to launch the viewer. You can then navigate forward and backward within the portfolio by clicking the left or right side of the enlarged image. Click the add to collection checkbox to automatically add an image to your collection. Image tags or search engine keywords appear below the collections' checkbox and each word or phrase is a link to potentially more image matches.