The Southern Glossary Instagram account is curated by a new artist or photographer each week. Every curator will put their own spin on the account, showing off work, their process, and their surroundings. Here's a Q&A with last week's curator, photographer Harrison Albert.
How did you interest in your medium begin and how did you arrive at your current style?
Well, my passion for photography started at a young age due to my parents. Growing up in Washington, DC, I was exposed to a lot of galleries and stemming from that, I always wanted to do something in the art community. I finally picked up a camera in a photo one class in high school, and ever since then I knew this is what I wanted to do. Now, I have always been a fan of photographers like Christenberry and Eggleston, so I wanted to emulate their styles but put my twist on them by incorporating more flair influenced by my family from the Carolinas.
How do you choose your subjects?
Well, most of my subjects are found objects like abandoned homes, roadways and things like that. I have recently dived more into documentary photography and projects based around people and how they play into the idea of the American South. It sounds very strange, but I love being able to talk tot farmers, racetrack keepers and even that woman at the gas station of whatever interstate.
Who have been some of your biggest influences or your best teachers?
Wow, I have had a lot of people by my side throughout my path as a photographer. I think first my parents, cliché as it sounds, helped me find myself in the art community and pushed me to try so hard at it from buying me my first camera to critiquing my work every time I asked. After them I think the best mentor and friend I have ever had is my best friend Foster White. He was there in that photo one class with me in high school and I was actually jealous of how good he was at his craft, which not only helped me push myself harder but also made be befriend him. Ever since then we go on shooting trips together and chat all the time about each other’s work and really anything about art.
Do you have a creative or artistic peer group in your area that you're a part of?
Well I’m currently in my senior year at the Savannah College of Art and Design, so really the whole photo department plus my friends have been my peer group. Everything from in class critiques to shooting in class has always been a huge help.
Are there any aspects of the Southern aesthetic that you embrace or ones you consciously avoid?
Ha-ha, that’s a hard one. I think one of my hugest struggles is actually getting people to allow you to photograph them. I can chat up a storm with about everybody, but then once I ask to photograph him or her, it’s a whole different game.
Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition.
Well right now I’m planning out a huge new project that I am really excited about. This series, which hopefully will end up as a book, is focusing on the “grassroots” of NASCAR and the people who have so much to do with the sport. Now it won’t all be about the “stars” but more of the local dirt tracks, shops and racers who are working up to get to the big show. So still planning and coordinating the shots and the travel, but I am very excited about this project.