"It has taken me years to finally find the kind of confidence I need in order to move forward with my dreams and passions. My intent is to bring joy, meaning and inspiration to every life I touch. I want to do more than put on a good show for others, I want to change the way they experience the world."-- From a 2017 Interview
Self portraits of the artist Faylita Hicks. All rights reserved.
This section of the website shows several examples of the different series that I am currently working on. I have included a short synopsis of each series I am developing, as well as a general thesis about my approach to the creation of these images.
The current trend is accessibility, quick access to articles and videos, images and content of all kinds. We are more mobile now. Constantly traveling from one state of being to another, fluidly crossing state lines and international barriers. It is this mobility and accessibility that encouraged me to focus on my tool of choice: The iPhone.
Using its superior mobile camera and various apps such as VSCO and Enlight, I have been able to capture photos and develop them to match my aesthetic tastes. All photos included are shot on either an GoPro Black, iPhone 6sPlus or iPhone 7 Plus, with most of the editing being done in Lightroom and occasional edits in the apps located on the device.
Focusing on the use of the iPhone instead of diverting costs to a more traditional camera has made it easier to capture events and scenes that I am interested in using to develop my projects. I can quickly evaluate the image collected and determine if it is valuable. This flexibility means I spend more time shooting photos and developing quality content through editorial decisions.
After the man I thought I would spend the rest of my life with died, I experienced a constant grief. I did not realize how much that grief has seeped through into every facet of my life until I began my journey as a birth mother.
Now, I don't know if it was the pregnancy itself or the hope I found by being apart of something so amazing but one day I woke up, looked out the window, was shocked by all of the colors. The colors has slipped from my life and I had been living in a dark shade for years, without noticing. Suddenly, the green in my yard was especially green. The red I had painted my bedroom in was not just red, it was red and orange and there were tints of something else. I was shocked by the intensity of the colors that surrounded me and from that day forward, I wanted to find a way to express the intensity of that experience.
My photography is a visual series that attempts to trigger that initial shock I experienced. Everything is steeped in color and intensified. Blues are bluer. Yellows are all consuming. Joy is right beneath every shadow.
Into The Wild
Shadows too have a special place in my work. Almost every single shot will find some significant amount of shadowing. It is my commentary on depression. I have Trigeminal Neuralgia as well as medical depression and know several others who suffer from various forms of the same ailment. Even on my great days, there is always something nagging at me, running along the edges of my joy.
Depression and darkness are not the dominant features in my life (all of the time) but to ignore their affect on my daily experience would be an error.
The darkness in contrast to the bright images is and always will be a comment on the way depression can eat at you. Sometimes, it is minor and you barely notice. Other times, you are completely swallowed by it and no amount of light will keep you from being consumed.
Collage of A Dying Sun
I have a series of poems that address the way in which one grieves after the loss of their significant other. The experience differs from person to person and while I know a great many people were irrevocably destroyed by the loss, I know a great many more that thrived in the absence. Their life took on new meaning and they were changed in a unique way.
This series of photos will focus on images of historically sad locations with light and color being used to find the joy/peace/tranquility/hope that can come in these places. The photos will include grave sites and memorial sites in the Southwest, sites of sudden loss throughout the US and photos from New Mexico.
In Taos is where I found my true calling as an artist and I will return to the state to document the journey through my lens.
Water Is Life
The Water Is Life series is one that is already close to my heart. My fascination with water did not begin with the Flint Water Crisis or the Dakota Pipeline. It did not begin with Hurricane Katrina or the grotesque photos of children dying in Africa from thirst. It began with my baptism... in a hotel jacuzzi.
As a poet, I often find the metaphors inherent in my day to day life and I always found it interesting that I would begin my life as a Christian by dipping my body and mind in a hot tub of chlorinated water. It was indicative, to me, of how far removed the spirit was for so many people. The baptism represented the commercialization of Christ and religion overall. You could get baptized, anytime and anywhere. Fast food for the soul.
My photos in this series will show the various ways in which water, one of our main necessities for living, is commercialized and commodified. Clean, quality water is clearly only for those with a certain level of wealth and I will use several tools to exemplify the absurdity of that notion.
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