Allison DeBritz is a photographer and multi-media artist based in New York City. Her work encompasses concepts such as family, sexuality, relationships, and mortality. Allison received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2015. ineffable had the chance to talk to Allison about some of her past works and current projects.
Adding Insult to Injury
How long have you been a photographer and multimedia artist? When did this passion arise?
My mom is an artist so I grew up in a very creative household. I've always considered myself and artist, but at a younger age I focused more on mixed media/collage work. I took my photography class at age 16. I always knew I wanted my career to centre around art, but it wasn't until my senior year in high school that I realized photography was the perfect medium for me. When I really launched myself into building a portfolio I feel in love.
In some of your pieces, you feature scenes of intimacy juxtaposed with blurred images, party settings and text messages. What do you think is the relationship between technology, today’s society, and the search for love and intimacy?
Everything just feels so tangled up in each other. Romance and intimacy don't exist without technology. Phones, texting, images, social media—they are all the vessel for relaying interest and building connections, whether it be romantic or platonic. It's kind of bizarre when you really think about it. We are searching for love through "likes" online. How sustainable can that be? It scares me, but it also fascinates me.
Untitled Work in Progress
How do you hope viewers respond to your work? What do you want people to take from it?
I want my viewers to feel something. I want them to look at this work and relate. Everyone is looking for love, whether we admit it or not. I try to find moments where I feel people are really searching for that, or have found it, and capture something. So hopefully one of those moments will be relatable to someone looking at my work.
Are you currently working on any new projects?
Some of what's shown here are part of what I am currently working on. I was focusing a lot on intimacy and technology for a while, but I want to broaden my focus a bit. I'm interested in presenting my life as it is and how I experience it. I want to shoot a little more freely and focus less on a rigid concept.
All images and videos © Allison DeBritz, reproduced with permission.