This month, stop by our photo lab to see the work of local photographer, Abigail Becker. Read on for more information, or visit Abigail’s website at www.bebopbecker.com.

Artist Statement: 

Sentiment can be a wonderful thing to hold on to. But what happens when it starts collecting dust? This is a Story of Stuff.

I began this project when I found myself torn between holding on to my grandmother’s curios or putting them in a goodwill bag. What seemed mundane to me, could have meant the world to her. As I found myself pairing objects together in seemingly random compositions, I discovered I was breathing new life into these simple objects. Once tucked away beneath bubble wrap and packing tape, they now live on in a new light.

I look forward to expanding my discoveries as I continue to capture curious objects, my own, my family’s, friend’s or a stranger’s, as the stories unfold before me.

Describe your motivation in three words: 

Preservation, story-telling, enjoyment.

What inspired this photographic series?

Sifting through boxes of memorabilia, it dawned on me that I didn’t want to hold on to so many things that I loved as a child. So I figured, why not photograph them for the purpose of preserving a memory? When I started playing around with table top photography, lighting and object placement, I discovered I could bring a new life to these items.

Who/what is your biggest photographic influence?

My dad, Jeff Becker. He bought me my first Cannon Owl Sure Shot camera when I was 12 and I’ve been interested in it ever since. As a professional photographer for the past 35 years he’s been a mentor, sounding board, and friend through all my photographic blunders and successes.

Favorite piece of photographic equipment?

Black Rapid Camera Strap. It’s made it so much easier to have my camera slung across my shoulder, ready for any shot.

What is your preferred photographic subject matter?

I love photographing people of all ages, there’s so much to tell about a person in one photograph. I’ve also loved my work as a youth camp photographer, photographing kids in such a naturally fun environment yields great shots.

Choose three questions to answer.

What’s your favorite color?

Turquoise

Do you have a lucky number? What is that number?

No lucky number, just a favorite one, 12.

If you were a super hero what powers would you have? and what would your hero name be?

The ability to speak the language of whatever country I’m in.
Known as: Captain Communication

Can you solve a rubix cube?
I’ve tried so many times…I can get about two sides done, then it all goes down hill from there.

If you could go back in time to change one thing what would it be?

To prevent the burning down of the Worlds Largest Log Cabin, located in Portland, that was built in 1905 for the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. I would have loved to see that structure…and photograph it.

What’s the longest you’ve gone without sleep?

Probably close to 36 hours…back in the day of school finals.

What’s the last thing you took a picture of?

My dog.

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?

Blogs. Edit photos. Entertain the dog, or possibly be entertained by the dog.

What would you name the autobiography of your life? 

Gabby Abby

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