Rachel Darke is an emerging fashion and lifestyle photographer based in Boston, MA. Rachel describes herself as a storyteller, a vibe that is really evident when you take a look at her portfolio…
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first became fascinated by photography.
I have always been captivated by stories. When I was young, I would read book after book while sitting on a pile of neglected laundry, outside, crosslegged, next to the tulips, and almost wherever I went. When I was around thirteen, I found my family camera and discovered a whole new way of viewing the world. I was fascinated by how, if I got down on eye level with the grass, and focused one blade out from its peers, it took on a whole new life. Often, when I would have my camera out around friends and family, they would pose for a picture and I would have to tell them to go back to whatever they had been doing. Early on I knew that I wanted to capture authentic feeling. When I walk down the street with a camera in my hands, I become more focused and outwardly observant. It is a kind of meditation.
…I realized that a single moment captured could be the first page of a story that invites the imagination to fill the rest.
How would you define your photographic style?
As I continued taking pictures of people, places, and even strangers, I realized that a single moment captured could be the first page of a story that invites the imagination to fill the rest. My style is narrative and natural.
Who or what are your main sources of inspiration?
The moods of people and places and, often, how the two interact.
What has been the best piece of advice given to you about your photography?
To not lose sight of my style when doing more commercial work.
What is next for you; are you currently working on any new projects that you can tell us about?
There are currently no specific projects, but pictures are always being taken and I’m always learning. I’ve been busy with school. May will be the close of my first year at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. Since coming to the city, I have been able to network and shoot new people and places but, most importantly, I’ve learned so much from my peers. Come Fall, I will begin my major in Film/Video. As for this summer, there are a few road trips in the planning that I can’t wait to go on and of course photograph! I am so excited for what’s to come and to continue growing through and in my storytelling.
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