Stevie Raelynn’s photography work is an exploration of the relationships she has to her closest friends. She has chosen to photograph herself holding them in a maternal way in places of significance. This exploration of the relationships between her and her friends is about the support they offer each other. Stevie remains calm and serene throughout the series, something that is required when supporting a friend emotionally and in this case, physically.
Stevie’s work feels very deadpan, something that invites you to assess the photographs further. Continue reading the rest of her submissions to Despite The Illusion
“Holding someone is a precious thing and I wanted to mimic the way I hope most of us have been held as a child”
Stevie Explained that socially she is naturally very maternal towards her friends which is the reason for creating the work. By paying her friends the attention of the camera she creates an embrace between them that continues to strengthen their relationships. To photograph someone or something is to give it significance and to imply its something worth looking at. Her work is a small glimpse into the love she feels for those around her.
For Stevie the process of creating this work is about staging a platform to share her strange qualities and exchanges, to create a discussion on what makes us all so unique and leaving us to decide for ourselves rather than giving a single right answer.
Stevie is currently living in Chicago after obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. If you want to check out more of her work you can find that here.