From a dream comes Caitlin Fullam (@caitlinfullam)'s wanderlust photography. Bringing locations such as Santa Cruz, Colorado and New Mexico to the minds of her followers. Visualise ethereal landscapes, dusted with hazy skies, blood orange sunsets and you have the basis of a perfect whimsical dream, a hyper real mother nature. This can be seen in the natural formations cascading into the viewfinder with which Caitlin effortlessly captures in her imagery. From early mornings to late nights up in the mountains of Colorado, Caitlin was able to bring to life her surrounding landscapes using double exposures, expired film and a little magic.
After months of oppressive Covid restrictions she envisioned for herself terrains warm and bright, emancipation from the dimness of short days, dead trees and ink skies. She sought inspiration and dreams of vistas so vivid with hues to take away the collective grief of the pandemic. In line with the American dream, Caitlin took to the road to capture the remote and untouched landscapes in solitude. Her work personifies the body as grief, placed within the landscape to convey the lonely pursuit of a daydream in wonderland.
Caitlin's eye fixate upon the female form and nature. This entanglement is the backdrop of her imagination. She took inspiration from landscapes around her, the outdoors, the decayed buildings and the disarray. It's in those moments that magic was created, and Caitlin portrays this so well in her very pastel world.
To begin, Caitlins work was predominantly digital, as any fine art photographer would know, her DSLR was the primary tool. However, like the moon, her creativity was distant but always there, her aesthetic yet ungrounded. She combed through YouTube researching intently note-making in the hopes of finding herself once again. It was through Covid that Caitlin started experimenting with expired film and this is where her aesthetic crystalised, captured in dream pulp grains of analogue forgotten. Double exposures and overlays created a surreal border for her stories. It is from this education in materiality and the limitations of this medium that she drew inspiration, a tryst with the technical.
Caitlin advocates sustainability with most of her photographic equipment being second hand. For her, to truly understand ones tools is to welcome its limitations, this is what cultivates a relationship to functionality. Her most current camera is the Canon Rebel 200 film SLR, however before this was the Canon A-1 with Porta 400 and Porta 160 film.
In Caitlin’s practice, we might say the medium truly is the message. Film deepened the rich pastel hues of pinks and purples and expressed the notion of a dreamland. Colour palettes were important. It would capture the Lovepass project in all its glory, in all its despair and grief. It would bring about a moment in time where Caitlin would venture into the wilderness in hopes of shaking the darkness.
For Caitlin, film is the pleasure. Her compositions compelled us towards the isolation in frame. Shots in the dark indeed. The index of loneliness is no longer blue, it's pink. Her double exposures and archways create magical gateways unworldly and it's in her imagery we find beauty in the everyday.