Kathleen Mercado

“Lost in the forest, I broke off a dark twig
and lifted its whisper to my thirsty lips:
maybe it was the voice of the rain crying,
a cracked bell, or a torn heart.

Something from far off it seemed
deep and secret to me, hidden by the earth,
a shout muffled by huge autumns,
by the moist half-open darkness of the leaves…”
Pablo Neruda


“I was born in Tyler, Texas, in 1967, and my interest in photography did not develop until rather late in life. In 2008, I began to shoot street photography. I was an habitual “people watcher.” I would continually study the faces of people I saw in the streets. I wondered about their stories; their lives. I always was drawn to people who seemed lonely, isolated….apart or different; this was something that I identified very strongly with, having felt that I was somehow “different“ from other people since I was a small child. One day, after I had bought a little point and shoot camera (I can’t even remember why), I was driving, and saw a lonely looking little woman sitting at a bus stop. For whatever reason, it occurred to me to make a picture of her; I took the photograph, and there began my inexhaustible love of street photography.As a child and young adult, I was a ballet dancer, and that art certainly influences my self-portraiture. I started making the self-portraits on a whim; it afforded me the opportunity to practice with my camera every day, when I could not get out into the streets to shoot.  But,  as I began to shoot more of them, I realized that they were giving me back something that I missed very dearly from my dancing days: the ability to express my inner emotions without language; to use my body as an instrument that plays the notes of the heart of a woman who is largely quiet and solitary. They are a record of me, for me. Photography is my voice.

Kathleen Mercado link: Flickr portfolioDSCF6314


3 pensieri su “Kathleen Mercado

  1. Wonderful to look through your images in this format, Kathleen. There is a wonderful silence that simply sings in your images. // Cheers, Nathan


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