IMAGES AND IMAGERY
“I remember the first time I held my own camera. My uncle gifted me his old 1970s Nikon 35mm SLR film camera for my 12th birthday and I was immediately in love. I remember my outlook on life changing when I held the camera. I started looking at reality through the viewfinder of my camera as potential images that I could shoot and capture. Since that day, the magic of a photograph has fascinated me. The power it holds to capture such momentary and fluctuating things such as light and time and turn them into palpable, permanent objects.
I found my specialization in portrait photography. I came to realize that the power of this construction of an image is not just my own, but also in the hands of the subject and, eventually, the viewer of my photograph. The creation and portrayal of an image becomes a collective effort. It is this play between objectivity and subjectivity of photography that fascinates me. Portraiture’s portrayal of identity and construction of reality has intrigued me since I first stepped behind the lens of a camera.”
Gita is inspired by and enjoys looking at the works of Richard Alvedon, Katy Grannon, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibowitz, Jeff Wall and Nan Goldin. Gita studied photography at UC Berkeley, SOCAPA (School of Creative and Performing Arts), the Oxbow School and received her B.A. in Fine Arts at Reed College. Her work has been hung at galleries in Santa Fe, Berkeley and Portland.
Gita Castallian is self-represented and takes clients on a limited basis. Inquire about her availability.