Standard Goods Featured Artist: Alba Juliao

Join Standard Goods next Thursday October 12th for the P O R T A L S exhibit by Seattle photographer Alba Juliao. Also a live music performance from Soultanz. Get to know more about Alba in our interview with her below! 

Get more information about this months artwork on our event page. 
Describe your style as an artist to us?  
The methods come from cinema and light. I started making pictures due to the movies, because it's the almost the same-but it's frozen and broken up, and then broken up again or taken apart. I've been working with film photography for about 12 years and every day I learn more about light, manipulation of film, and alternative processing.
Do you come from a creative family?
I come from a family of musicians, so yes. My mother and father were always playing music for us. My father, owned his own radio station in Panama, where I grew up, and my mother spent a lot of time teaching me the different dances of the world.
Who do you look up to most to as an artist? Any muses? 
I look up to several artists. To name a few: László Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Imogen Cunningham, Luis Buñuel, and Lou Reed.
Where do you look to for resources and inspiration?
Inspiration comes from anything. From outer space to whatever is standing in front of me. The movie Blow up by Michelangelo Antonioni has been a constant inspiration in my life. At times, I'm not sure why, but it's either the imagery or the story that always gets me going.
What do you love most about shooting film? 
I love the process the most. It's hard not to be involved once you know how it works. From the moment I reel the film into the camera, to double-exposing, pushing/pulling the ISO, playing with light to then developing and printing in the darkroom. It is the most fulfilling moment when you have total control of the medium. Getting to experiment with it hands on keeps me absorbed; tuned in.
Favorite subject matter? 
The visual world, language, and its impact.
Describe your favorite photograph you have ever taken? 
I can't answer this one. There are some I love and some I don't. Doesn't anyone?
Favorite city to visit? 
Boquete, Panama. Where I was born.  
If you could travel back in time to any time period, where would you go? 
Difficult one, but right now, it's between traveling back to Germany 1922, to be part of the Bauhaus school of art focusing on movement and constructivism, and seeing Bob Dylan go electric at The Royal Albert Hall in 1966.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Excited to work with the Standard Good family! And I look forward to expanding my work out here in Seattle, for now. 
 

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