Interview #405: Nathan Pearce
Nathan Pearce’s images deal with issues of home, identity and the tension between rural and urban life through intimate portraiture and snapshots from his person life.
q: Give a short introduction of yourself:
a: I am a photographer based in southern Illinois (US) . I also work in an auto-body repair shop. I have recently released a photobook called Midwest Dirt as well as a few zines.
q: Midwest Dirt deals with issues of identity and tension between rural and urban life. Through juxtaposing images and ideas, how did you want to portray experience?
a: Midwest Dirt was made after returning to the rural Midwest after living away from it for several years in an urban setting. I think the photos of Midwest life included in the project will be very interesting to the many people who have never lived in a rural setting. I think the appeal of the project goes beyond that though. Even though the setting of the pictures will appear strange and interesting to some the experience of leaving home or even returning home in ones early adulthood will be identifiable to almost everyone.
q: What do you like or not like most about living in the country?
a: It is very peaceful here and I love that. I do miss several things that the city has to offer but the country is my home.
q: Do you feel the people and pace of life are different in rural and urban spaces?
a: They are incredibly different. Life is slower here and I think that is evident in my work.
q: Photographic equipement?
a: I use a variety of small cameras. Some film and some digital. I rarely have more than one camera with me.
q: Upcoming projects or ideas?
a: I am working on a few new projects. I have been working on a printing project with fellow photographer Claire Cushing called Same Coin Press. We print and put out photobooks and zines. I have a few photo zine projects that we are going to release this year.
q: Any new music to recommend?
a: I have been listening to a lot of old country and bluegrass records lately so I haven’t really kept up with much new music. If anyone wants to tell me about some new music please let me know! email@example.com