Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Photographer: Kimberly Sobanski

There is no question in my mind that Kimberly Sobanski is the most curious photographer in Mount Clemons, Michigan. What really surprised me is when I discovered that she currently works as a photographer at the local Sears Portrait Studio. The idea that her photographs are fascinating to people around the world is not surprising to me at all.

I came across Kimberly's work a year ago and thought it was whacked out, super real and had a great energy to it. A few month's back the photo editor at Esquire Russia approached me with a neat assignment. They wanted me and other photographers to go thru Flickr, find some great work, and write about it. Kimberly had a ton of work on Flickr...at that point it was hard deciding on what image to focus on, she had so much good stuff. See for yourself on her Flickr page HERE.

As you'll see on her page, she's got alot to say and seems to be a fountain of photography. She is able to find a photograph anywhere, or make one up out of herself and nothing else. Lock her in an empty room and no doubt she'd produce a fresh body of work, given enough time and film. It has been a while since I saw the work of a photographer who seems to be so strongly connected to the work of Lucas Samaras. His spirit is alive in her self portrait work for sure.

A couple of quotes from her page:

Photography is my life and everything in my life seems to revolve around it. I don't think I've ever been so passionate about anything.

If I wasn't going to school for photography... I would have liked to study medicine. I guess it's because of my bizarre infatuation with human anatomy. Bodies are so fascinating... so bizarre. I probably wouldn't mind working in a morgue... I think that would be an interesting job- being a medical examiner...

I hate to admit it but now I am working at Sears Portrait Studio and I have the grueling job of taking portraits of drooling babies and bratty 2 year-olds. Oh well... it's a job right?!? As long as I am doing photography I am happy.

all photographs by Kimberly Sobanski


Anonymous said...

Is there a way to read your article for the Russian Esquire -- keeping in mind that Russian isn't (ahem) one of my languages?

Timothy Archibald said...

Hi Anonym-
Sure, I can send you the piece in english, but I'd need a way to contact you. Forward it to me?