Name- Debbie Carlos
Where are you from?- I was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Manila and now I live in Chicago. This is a strange question for me since it always feels like I have three homes.
Your equipment- The two cameras I use primarily are a 35mm Pentax P30t and a Canon Rebel T1i. I also have various polaroid cameras, a Panasonic LX3, Fuji Instax, Lomo LCA, Canon Snappy 50, Holga, Diana and a Seagull TLR.
Influences and photographers you like- I really love looking at self-taught art. Some of my favorites are Henry Darger, A.G. Rizzoli, Martin Ramirez and Joseph Yoakum. I admire the obsessiveness of their work, and although many work within the restriction of, for example, religious beliefs, they also seem to exercise total freedom in producing such weird and interesting imagery. It’s something I feel I could never do, and I wish I could. It’s frustrating and inspiring at the same time.
Some photographers that have also influenced my work a lot include Uta Barth, Rinko Kawauchi, Laura Letinsky and William Eggleston. I also gain unlimited amounts of inspiration from my friends and peers.
A little about you- I like to take pictures of my everyday life. Nature, home, friends, food. I take pictures because it’s what I know how to do, and what I like to do. It’s somehow instinctual to document the things around me. I enjoy capturing the little moments of peace that happen sometimes. It makes me feel connected to the world.
I also sometimes go to a job, and I have an internet shop where I sell my artworks. I like to embroider, sew, and crochet. I like to cook a lot, and I take care of a rabbit and a cat.