Model: Jane Teeple Glicini
Central Pennsylvania, 2012-2014
My sister Jane has often modelled for me and especially came through when I started doing more experimental stuff. Her ethereal beauty photographs so well, and she’s always game for doing some crazy shit. Case in point: I photographed her senior photos in the cemetery across the street from our house. She was a key figure in me exploring some ideas and learning new possibilities.
Since these photos were taken both our lives have changed dramatically. She got married and had a baby, I moved away. We haven’t collaborated in a long time, but this fall we took her daughter on a little walk around the cemetery where we used to play. In fact, she’s learning her alphabet there!
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Model: Seth K.
Studio portraits, 2009
Seth and I had a brief but very tumultuous relationship about ten years ago. To this day I’m not able to explain our situation besides “karmic as hell.” Like so many artistic romances, it all ended in spectacular disaster, but our time together was rife with explosive creative energy. I still feel echoes of it sometimes. Sometimes I even miss some of it.
This series was shot in the PSU photo studio when I worked there. We made good use of that fog machine. We had just started dating at this point and were goofing around in the studio a lot. The energetic sparks were a lot of fun.
We ended up going on a lot of little adventures around the area, taking photos with antique cameras, and talking about art and life. He opened me up a lot; introduced me to music and films and random tidbits of philosophy. I was a beaten-down, angry little bitch for a while, mired in a small town with a miserable circle of people. In his weird way, he illuminated just how awful I had become. Sometimes I hear his thundering voice echo, “Alice, you have to stop being so judgemental and closed-minded.” He was right. He was so right. He was in my life at the right time for the right reasons, although at the time, through all of the chaos of emotions I wasn’t prepared (or equipped) to sort out, I didn’t see it that way.
The shadow of this time, however, ended up defining what the light would eventually be.
Thank you for everything Seth, I am sorry it was such a rough time for us both at this point in our lives. I’m sorry for how I acted and how I reacted. We did create some great stuff together. I love you and wish you well in your life.
Model: Laura Shadle, 2014
My friend Laura and I did a photo shoot on the PSU campus in 2014, using a cloak and feathers supplied by our friend Jon. Laura was experiencing some major uncertainty in her life at this point. Over the next couple of years she would get heavily involved in Pennsylvania politics. I’m incredibly proud of her and look forward to seeing her star rise in years to come.
Model: Becky Kelley, 2014
Shot in an art classroom one evening, this series was one of my earliest attempts at multiple exposure and exploration of self through using mirrors and shadow.
Model: Samantha Yuhas
Taken October 2014, State College PA
Sami, who lived down the street from my old apartment, had recently found a gorgeous, brand-new Vera Wang wedding dress at a thrift store for about $25, and thought it would be fun to run around in it with a mask from Sleep No More. We went to a playground near us and photographed after school one day. I always loved the creepy juxtaposition of the blurry kids and Sami’s strange posing. It’s a subject I revisited a few years later.
Photographed in 2015 in Bellefonte, PA
Model: Joan Koester
This series was about the disconnection of physical and mental age. Joan, a painter with a very youthful energy, wanted to do a series that embodied that side of her spirit.
This series examines the Happily Ever After of marriage and childbearing. Heather wanted to do a “trash the dress” style concept after having Irish TRIPLETS in her early 40s. Shortly after having her first son, she gave birth to twins. Her wish to capture the cataclysmic shift in her life since the day she wore her wedding dress was really intriguing to me. She especially wanted to remember her individuality and talents, which can drown in the chaos of raising three little ones.
The shoot was taken in August 2015 at Scot and Jill Paterson’s farm in Woodward, Pennsylvania. We are both friends with the family and loved the bucolic, gentle landscape of the place.