Gloria Baker Feinstein.

“I have several different workspaces. And none is very neat or orderly, which is weird because oh you should see my sock drawer! (It’s a bad habit we Virgos have.)

This is my main desk. The office is a little pocket in our kitchen. I am surrounded mostly by pictures of my family. These photos keep me grounded and content. I think that’s why I like this desk the best. There are also very good smells that meander my way. My husband is a great cook.

I do my digital processing and printing in an office on the second floor, and I usually set up my laptop at the kitchen counter. My studio space is in an empty spare bedroom, and my wet darkroom (which has sadly gone unused for a while now) is in the basement. I move around a lot during the course of a day, scurrying from one workspace to another depending on the needs of a particular job or project. Well, I don’t really scurry. But I do manage to get a lot of work done in the course of a day. So much so that my friends often say they are amazed.

Sometimes I stay up way too late at night printing, and then maybe I am so wound up that I’ll start playing online Scrabble which keeps me up even later.”

Gloria Baker Feinstein grew up in Kentucky, where it seemed she was always taking pictures. On her fortieth birthday, Gloria dusted off her Hasselblad. She’s completed several bodies of photographic work exhibited and published on a national level. Shortly after her return from a 2006 trip to east Africa, she established a non-profit organization to assist Ugandan children who have become orphans due to HIV/AIDS and civil war. Gloria’s blog keeps those informed of her Ugandan experiences and serves as a way for her to talk about her life and work.

Kate discovered Gloria’s work by way of her The Dolphin Gallery Shredding Project, a reminder of the genius and importance of photographs in documenting specific memories. Gloria’s Shredding Project contains old slides of her family’s various vacations to Disneyland, Pike’s Peak, Europe, the beach and countless birthday parties which goes through a shredding process.

Gloria’s work is constantly evolving. (Above: The Badlands, 2006 16×16″ archival pigment print and Pacific Ocean, 2006 16×16 archival pigment print)

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