Featured Image: Rikkí Wright
For women today, the support of a sisterhood or community – whether it be through friends, housemates, family or people online – is a precious thing. Rikkí Wright, a Los Angeles-based photographer, is giving appreciation for sisterhood in her stunning imagery. By using tones to make an everyday moment seem serene, Wright casts an elusive beauty over her images which ‘tell a story that springs from the truth of lived experience’. And so, we caught up with Wright to learn about her background and how she uses photography in such a heartfelt way.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from? What led you to becoming a photographer? How did you develop your style?
I am from Champaign, IL, but I have spent most of my life in the South. I now live in Los Angeles. My aunt was a photographer and owned a photo studio that I would visit a lot as a child. Having her around, and just being naturally creative, I was drawn to photography. When I was 13 my uncle bought me my first digital camera and I remember we took a family vacation to San Fransisco and I documented the entire trip with that camera. I still have those photos. My style of photography is very warm in every sense of the word. The tones that I choose to use are warm tones, the way that I edit and my style of photography is influenced by the warm colors the sun gives off when reflecting on someone or something. I LOVE shooting women in their natural state, that has become a huge part of my portfolio over the past couple of years.
How would you describe your relationship/connection with photography?
Photography is my art and my camera has always been my choice of weapon. Nature and the environment that I live in is always constant inspiration for me. I’m inspired daily by my surroundings, I see beauty in a lot of things, like, in almost everything, and I want to capture that.
What does sisterhood mean to you?
Sisterhood is a concept of community that I am exploring on the daily basis. That is why I created the series “SIS.” (Rikkí’s series ‘Sis’ was her first solo show to be exhibited; it was held in ‘Junior High’ art space in Los Angeles. Have a look at images from the series here: instagram.com/foreverrikk).
What message would you like people to understand from your work?
I love authentic moments and that’s what I try to capture. Authenticity is what I want people to see and understand.
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is working more with motion and film, and a series about Motherhood.