Amy Parrish is a photographer, traveler and soul-seeker who recently pulled the camera away from commercial and portrait clients in order to focus inward towards her Self. The first ten years of Parrish’s career were spent operating a business in Central Ohio, while traveling nationwide to inspire and educate other professionals in the portrait industry.
In the summer of 2014 Parrish closed the business, sold her rural farmhouse and moved to Midcoast Maine where she attended courses at the Maine Media Workshops +College in pursuit of more artistic endeavors. While the education and critical feedback were crucial to the development of Parrish’s new work, living alone for the first time in her life also proved to be a transformative experience.
Despite this new solitude, symbolic and visual isolation were already common in her imagery; likely influenced by a childhood spent living on two hundred forested acres in Appalachian foothills near the Ohio-West Virginia border. Harboring a strong fascination with the natural world around her, Parrish attributes macabre and seemingly fantastical interactions from her youth to invoking the subjects she brings in front of her lens today.
This imagery complements the solemn qualities of historic photographic methods Parrish studied in Maine. While exploring albumen, wet plate collodion, salt, platinum, cyanotype, calotype, and the contemporary ziatype, she grew a special affinity for gum bichromate process. The light-sensitive rendering of watercolor paints provided an expressive solution to maintaining balance between melancholy and femininity.