Ciao Grace Ann, how are you?
I’m doing well, thank you for asking! It snowed through the night here in New York City so I woke up to my neighborhood covered in white. I see it as a nice little way of nature giving one the okay to start over on something, so I’m starting over on something.
What is photography for you?
It’s something that I need, undoubtedly. If I don’t take photos for a few days, it’s like how I feel when I haven’t drunk a glass of water all day. I’m just so thankful for this medium because I really, really do believe it has caused me to love others more deeply, as it has allowed me to reflect on parts of my life that I may have otherwise forgotten. I believe that forgetting is the reason that many of us grow stale. I never want that to happen to me. I also have a fear of memory loss, so photography is a bit of a security for me, too.
What is Right This Very Second about?
This series has been on my mind for a long, long while—probably for the last two years. I remember being eight years old, lying on the floor of my parents’ living room and staring up at the fan, repeating over and over, “I am alive right now. I am in the present. I see and feel everything right this very second,” as I watched the white blades circling without rest. So I’ve been making photographs for as long as I can remember with the intention of having these moments of “this is the right now” to look back on. I’m a bit sentimental, and I hope that others can view this body of work and place their own sentimentalities upon it. I want to cause others to be more present with themselves but also remember the times they’ve felt severely about something.