Brooks MFA Photography Student Featured in Funk Zone Exhibit

October 26, 2012

Brooks MFA Photography student Lindsey Ross, who runs the boutique collodion studio La Chambre Photographique in the Funk Zone, is featured in The Zone 2D, an exhibition by Funk Zone artists going on now through Dec. 1 at The Arts Fund Gallery.

Also highlighted in the show, which includes paintings, photographs, and video, are Santa Barbara artists Michael Irwin, Johnny Troyna, Chris Kirkegaard and Erika Carter. Each artist is based in the Funk Zone, the eclectic neighborhood off of lower State Street that is home to many artists’ studios.

Ross is a conceptual, fine-art photographer who has early memories of making photographs, including enlarging poster-sized images in the basement darkroom with her father. She has been most influenced by photographers such as Marcia Resnick and Francesca Woodman.

Ross earned a BA in Religion at Denison University and in 2008, moved to California to pursue an MFA in Photography at Brooks Institute. It was here that she became interested in the wet plate collodion process when she viewed a collection of early 20th century prisoner mug shots.

She began to assist and learn from her now-mentor, collodion artist Luther Gerlach. Wet plate collodion process has become the ideal format for Ross, who seeks autonomy and at the same time a sense of connection. She finds freedom in taking the raw materials and transforming those into photographs.