carlagirl photo.

practicing the arts of cogitation since the late 1900s.

imagine my surprise

When a visitor e-mailed to ask if I could explain the intent behind an image of mine on exhibit in San Diego—I had no idea what she was talking about! Then Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins sent a note saying she was going to be on a panel with Deb Willis in San Diego for the exhibition and [...]

I think I’m no longer okay with clothes that have photographs on them

(spotted at
Years ago I made a cyanotype dress because I was so enamored with the idea of wearing images, and I did wear it, but no more. This is too gruesome. Sigh. Mine was accidentally ruined, anyway.

updated: exhibition(s) and article in Rochester

Tate Shaw and Kristen Merola at VSW did such an amazing job with the installation of this show—I was blown away when I walked in on Friday night and saw it for the first time. I do believe this is my first solo show!

Thanks to everyone who came out—it was great to see familiar faces [...]

that was a productive, computer-filled weekend

Untitled-192, originally uploaded by carlagirl.
Okay, this is my last noodling with these sites this weekend. I think I’m going to use to publish my photographs back on this site, so I’m testing their blog function.
This is one of the images I’m using in the publication on which I’m working. It was taken in [...]

"Your spirit seems to be clipped…"

Carolyn S., from the series Other People’s Clothes, 2005
I got another rejection letter today, this time from the Alpert Awards (and man, I was hoping), so I did my usual—read the word “sorry,” tore it up and recycled it, cried, acted stoic, took to bed, then vowed once again to give up this whole art [...]

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  • CARLAGIRL PHOTO was founded on 14 February 1999 by Carla Willliams, a photographer, writer, and editor, born, raised and heading back to (yea!) Los Angeles, California.

    It was established with two goals: to be able to make my own work widely available for free, and to make accessible my research about artists of the African Diaspora, especially photographers, and in particular women. As it developed it grew to also include GLBTQ artists.

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    • Taking a Break November 11, 2011
      Site visitors will probably notice that I haven’t updated here frequently. I am taking a break from my site(s) for at least the summer. I’ve been working in this field for 25 years and I’m burned out on photography and art, the site(s) are in need of major updates/ revamping/ retooling, social media is exhausting, [...] […]
    • A New Mission for Aperture? November 11, 2011
    • Mambu Badu’s Inaugural Magazine November 11, 2011
      Danielle was briefly a contributor to this site; I am very excited to hear about her latest venture, the collective and now journal Mambu Badu “that seek to find, expose, and nurture emerging female photographers of African descent.”  Congrats, Danielle! As you may (or may not) know, last fall, I co-founded Mambu Badu, a photography collective […]

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