I was adopted when I was less than a year old. I spent most of my life raised in Florida by a white single mother and had only been on a couple of planes before moving across the country to finish school in California. At 23 I was interacting with different types of people I never had before and learning more about my own culture than I ever had growing up. The door to the entire world was opened for me, and once I stepped through it I slammed it behind myself and never looked back. Now here I am, six years later, putting down roots in Nashville only 3 hours from where my mom grew up with a front porch swing and a white picket fence. This isn’t my home though. Los Angeles never felt like home either. Now that I’ve been gone so long, Florida has a nostalgia floating over it and I find myself missing bits and pieces but that isn’t home either, really.
In this body of work I aim to explore what keeps me grounded in these three very different places. By casting people I have intimate relationships with as well as turning the camera to myself from time to time, I hope to relate to my viewers on a deeper level and appeal to the feeling of desire we all have for a place to belong.
Bethany Reed is a fashion and portrait photographer who draws from intimate information about her subjects to create colorful, emotional and story driven bodies of work. She favors creating in analog mediums to bring out an authentic feeling of nostalgia in her subject matter.
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