Women Crush Wednesday: Kelli Pennington

Women Crush Wednesday: Kelli Pennington


Interview by Akshit Bhardwaj

Project: Liminal

What is the story behind the project and how did you come up with the name "Liminal"?

A homebody at heart, timid and anxious about life, in 2003 I bought a one-way plane ticket and started the action of creating my own life. At the time I believed that any choice I made would be validated if I was able to make photographs and document my new course.  Liminal meaning the transitional space, the amorphous space between, I was drawn to this notion as it pertained to my life at that time and the notion of liminal space as a form of photographic space. 


What are the challenges that you faced during the photoshoot?

These images are from the year 2003- 2018. The majority of this work was photographed on film. I throughout the years I have used a Nikon 35mm, Mamiya RZ, and a Digital Nikon D800. One of the greatest challenges to this series is making work that still speaks to and will work alongside the images that were made years before.

How did you capture the emotions of your subjects?

The subject involved in this body of work are myself and my partner of 15 years. When making this work it is about and between two intimate partners. I feel capturing emotion is easy if both parties are complicit and equally involved. 


Your photograph has a melancholic mood, how important would you say it is to the project?

I enjoy looking back on my images and feeling a sense of loss. When photographing I'm never sure which image I will select for inclusion. I'm drawn to images that have a palpable sense of humanness and vulnerability. I feel that to truly live you must be able to experience and process loss and sorrow. My experiences inform in practice, to live a life examed is to study the range of experiences.


WCW Questionnaire:

1. Your creative process in one word?


2. If you could teach a one-hour class on anything, what would it be?

The ability of the camera to take away someone's rights and dignity and the responsibilities of a photographer.

3. What is the last book your read or film you saw that inspired you?

Witches of America by Alex Mar. I enjoy reading a journalist who is able to embed themselves into and investigate different communities.

4, What is the most played song in your music library?

Jessy Lanza - Pull My Hair Back

5. How do you take your coffee?

Stumptown Hairbender + Cream and Honey.


You can see more of her work here

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