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Megan Carney is 23 years old and lives in a place where it hasn’t rained in 7 months.
MOSSLESS: Tell me something about the memories represented in your body of work called Relatives.
MEGAN CARNEY: The memories set the stage and context for what is being physically represented. These are memories that are significant to me in their insignificance, in that they relate primarily to something that only I could deem valuable given their peculiarity. For example, there is an image of two towers of Kleenex boxes, (the photographs are currently untitled so bear with me). On these boxes is a Post-it note with a written tally. This scene, briefly put, represents the strange excitement I felt as a child when placed with the obligation to provide my class with tissues for the school year. These types of somewhat intangible memories are interesting to me in the form of photographs because they can be objectified through both the photographic medium and my personal and aesthetic imprint. The images then serve as a physical interpretation of something that is not inherently physical. This is an ongoing project and I’m still digging around a bit to give a concrete expression to the process I find myself involved in.
ML: How are you tackling the ever-increasing difficulties of trying to live as a photographer?
MC: Right now I’m just figuring out what it is that I want to do with photography. Since graduating from college my main focus has been my work and I couldn’t say that I’ve been thinking too much about the difficulties of trying to live as a photographer. Those difficulties seem inevitable and I will have to get back to you once I encounter them.
ML: What are some great things about the photography world in Texas?
MC: There is a lot of great photography coming out of Texas right now and I’ve been fortunate enough to have professors who are at the forefront of it, and also a community of encouraging friends who are creating interesting work. After I graduated I moved to a small town in West Texas to focus on my work and I look forward to entering the broader photography world in Texas in the future. I love this state and I couldn’t really imagine working anywhere else right now.
ML: Do you have any interesting upcoming projects?
MC: Yes! In addition to working on Relatives, I am currently shooting for a series titled Is This You? This series is similar to Relatives aesthetically and conceptually, however, it is more outwardly focused. The images are humorous and the subjects are primarily people - both areas that I am fairly new to in this format. These photographs will slowly find their way onto my website.