Photographer Bridget Collins wanted to learn how to not feel lonely while being alone. The result is a luminous and poetic series entitled Olly Olly Oxen Free.
In the hands of Brooklyn-based photographer Bridget Collins the most trivial things and everyday situations turn into poetry. Blessed with a sense of narrative and an eye for composition, she can turn a simple plastic bag or a withered dandelion into a luminous work of art. Since her graduation from Pratt Institute in New York last year she have done an artist residency in Maderia, Portugal, and shot commissioned work for magazines such as Vice and AnOther Magazine. The idea for her series Olly Olly Oxen Free came from a desire to not feel lonely while being alone.
– The photos in Olly Olly Oxen Free came from a place where I was feeling very disconnected with the world, a bit lost in my own head, Bridget says about the series. I had previously been photographing people in these sort of fantasy scenarios, making my friends pose as models or do weird things. I started to feel like that way of working was very insincere, it was more about a style than it was about the people themselves. So I began working by myself, trying to forge a more viable connection with the world. I wanted to learn how to not feel lonely while being alone.
– I started thinking about the three different variables that make up our environment. First there is a person’s inner world, the thoughts and emotions that color your experience. Then there is the world of human artifacts, the objects and spaces other people have created that dominate our environment. Lastly, there is the natural environment, or everything surrounding you that wasn’t created by another human. This work was really the process of trying to connect all three.
See Bridget Collins’ series Olly Olly Oxen Free above.