Laura Bell, Blackford Forest, The Alba Series, 2009

Laura Bell is a young american photographer whose works have already been acquired by various public and private institutions. She recently won a fellowship with the Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh and was selected as finalists with Hey, Hot Shot. Besides from that since a couple months she’s working at a non-profit organization that helps artists start businesses. Being an artist she works primarily within the fine art world, exhibiting in galleries. Her ongoing project is about the harsh winters in northwest Pennsylvania.

Could you please tell us more about your background? When did you start taking photos?
I developed a serious interest in photography in my early teens. I used to spend a lot of my weekends hiking around country road taking photographs. Later, I studied photography formally at the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio.

Could you tell us something that, in your opinion, gave your career a twist?
I’m still at the very beginning of my career, but I think that being a finalist with Hey, Hot Shot! gave me huge a boost. Right after I was announced as one of the winners, I started noticing that my photographs were being featured on a lot of blogs and tumblr sites.

Laura Bell, Roe Deer Skull, The Alba Series, 2010

Could you please tell us more about The Alba Series?
The Alba Series is a body of photographs that were made between 2008 and 2010, during a prolonged stay in Edinburgh, Scotland (Alba is the Gaelic work for Scotland). The series includes portraits, still life and landscapes works. I moved to Edinburgh to accompany my husband while he worked towards is MFA degree. This was the first time I had ever left the United States, and the process of adjustment to a new environment and culture had a profound effect on me. At their core, these photographs are about my adjustment process during this time.

What kind of features does a subject need to catch your attention?
This is still something that I have a hard time articulating. Something or someone either strikes me or it doesn’t. It’s really a gut reaction. I do think that I tend to photograph people who have a timeless quality to them.  I wouldn’t, for instance, photograph someone who has a really contemporary or trendy hairstyle.

Laura Bell, Gust Of Wind, The Alba Series, 2009

What would be the best way to show your works?
I think that a traditional gallery setting is the best way to display my work. I plan all my work with a gallery in mind as it’s final destination.

Do you think that fashion could be considered as art? Why?
I think good fashion design follows the same principals as good photography, painting, etc. So, yes, I think fashion can be considered a form of art.

Laura Bell, Ferry From Adrossan Harbor, The Alba Series, 2010

Laura Bell, Forest In The Isle Of Arran, The Alba Series, 2010

What is the place that you would like to travel to in the future? Why?
I really like to travel around the Arctic Circle to do some photography work. I think the landscape there is very interesting, both bleak and beautiful.

Where do you see yourself in a few years time?
When you’re an artist you have to remain flexible. I hope to eventually be making some sort of living from my photography. I’m also thinking about getting my masters degree.

Who is the woman you’d like to see featured / interviewed here?
I would love to see Alessandra Sanguinetti interviewed here.

Laura Bell's portrait