“The desire to capture what I see – to make it permanent—is almost feverish. The urge is first a visual impulse, particularly to express color and light. Wherever I go, I am scanning my surroundings for moments where visual balance arises. Balance is very complicated and personal; I feel it very instantly, therefore cropping is an essential tool to me. I also feel very strongly about imperfection, an image that is perfectly symmetrical does not interest me. Often I feel like a frustrated modern painter, I will imagine my images as abstractions– just shape, texture, pattern, and color relating to one another— nothing more.
Beyond just aesthetics, there is an underlying humor and isolation to many of my photographs. I am particularly drawn to the life of inanimate objects and infrastructure— architecture, nature, objects and their relation to one another. The anthropologist in me questions everything I see while my emotional side brings some humanity to my subject. My approach to the world—and inevitably my work—is a mix of awe at how strange and unfamiliar everything seems while simultaneously relating to the soul and lifespan of all things. This contrast creates a palpable tension in the hope that what is beautiful will inevitably triumph.”
Haley Golden is a self-taught photographer born and raised on a farm in the Hudson Valley, just 100 miles North of NYC. She traversed the country to study Anthropology and Art History in Portland, OR where her penchant for art, culture, and design were cemented. Travel has significantly shaped her tastes and sensibilities; she has lived, studied, and worked in places from South America to Southeast Asia. She now lives in Oakland, CA where she has spent the last 5 years honing her eye in the worlds of retail and interior design. Her experiences along with her strong aesthetic are best expressed through her favorite medium: photography.