Hello Latela community! My name is Sloane Dakota Tucker, and I'm the new social media/photography associate at the Latela Gallery, and I'm still bursting with excitement over this new endeavor. I'll be helping Latela out with their social content, both in terms of organizing, curating, and creating for Instagram, primarily.
Let me introduce myself...
I'm a photography student at the GWU Corcoran School for the Arts and Design (mouthful, I know), and am currently in my third year working towards my Bachelor in Fine Arts. Photography as an art medium sort of fell into my lap after spending most of my teen years trying out every kind of art I could think of, with nothing sticking. After my brother graduated high school, I decided to pick up his camera and spend my last two years of high school taking photography, simply for conveniences' sake. I never looked back, and my interest snowballed into deciding to go to art school, and creating a freelance career for myself.
The relationship between photography classes and photography itself also created a love for analog, or film photography. I always feel much more connected to the process when shooting, developing, and printing my own work, and the results are always (literally) a surprise. I still actively shoot analog photography using multiple cameras from my personal collection, and I love sharing this seemingly outdated medium with others, including workshops at Latela.
As I near the end of my undergrad, my assignments in school are starting to shape permanent passion projects. One of these reject assignments was Project Babel, which went from a colonialism assignment to an intense and consuming project focusing on linguistics, humanity, and world culture. Thinking of the English language as a colony, I interviewed and photographed ten subjects from the District that were raised bilingual due to immigrating to the US. The interviews (conducted in seven different native languages, with questions asked in English) delved into family histories, connections to communities via language, and how multilingualism enriches the self. In sequel, I have many ideas for other perspectives on language identity.
I feel so grateful to be a part of such a rich and close-knit artistic community, one that Latela has helped cultivate in so many ways. I'm excited for future work, projects, and relationships that will continue to grow as a part of the Latela family. XOXO, Sloane