Robin Spalding is a fine art conceptual photographer. Born in 1982, she grew up on the east coast and recently moved to San Diego, California with her husband. She received a Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography from the University of North Florida in 2005. Robin started her education of photography in film and darkrooms but has been working with digital photography since 2012.
Robin fell in love with the genre of conceptual storytelling photography. She explores themes of infertility, depression, emotion, fantasy and surrealism in her work. She shoots mostly self-portraits and even when using models sees the images as a reflection of herself. She finds comfort and healing in using photography to express her darkest emotions. “I am fascinated by this theme of things hiding underneath the surface. That things aren’t always what it seems. I am a bright and bubbly person normally when I am not worrying, yet I am fascinated by dark things, decaying matter, monsters in the shadows. I attempt to get these issues I am dealing with in my head out. So I can study them and understand myself, so I can show others who I am. In a way, my images could be considered my journal entries. There is something cathartic in the release of creating an image. As if the chaos in my head was taken from me, laid out and put in order for me to understand. When I am in my darkest moments, there is an impulse to create that I cannot deny.” When not expressing emotions, Robin likes to create surreal worlds of fantasy. Finding wonder in imagination she uses hers to create alternate realities. She is fascinated by making unreal things a reality with photography. Robin tries to convey an undercurrent of hope in some of the images, that things might work out in the end.
She uses a combination of editing techniques, textures, and compositing in her photography to transform the image and to blur the lines between photography and painting. Is it a painting or is it a photograph? Is it real or not? Robin’s images allow the audience to decide and to connect with the work by way of reading the story in the image with their own interpretation.